Wisconsin agriculture provides almost 420,000 jobs and employs 12 percent of the state's workforce. The Brown County organizers of the 2008 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days hope the event's Youth Tent gives visitors an opportunity to not only learn about agriculture, but also consider a career in the industry.
The state's largest outdoor farm show, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held July 15-17, 2008, at Country Aire Farms, 1440 Lamers Clancy Road, Greenleaf. More than 70,000 visitors are expected to attend the three- day event, which features over 600 commercial exhibitors and 1,000 local volunteers.
"The Youth Tent theme, 'The Many Hats of Agriculture', is appropriate," says Marty Nackers, the show's Youth Committee chair. "We want to showcase the diverse career opportunities in our agricultural industry to visitors, while getting them involved in hands-on experiences while they learn." Activities include the following:
Staff from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center will teach visitors how to extract DNA from wheat.
Members of the Farm Bureau "Agriculture in the Classroom" program and the American Dairy Goat Association will teach visitors about the various products the industry produces.
Brown County 4-H and FFA members will showcase projects they work on throughout the year.
The Youth Tent's center stage will showcase the musical talent and leadership of Brown County youth.
The stage will also feature several multicultural groups who will teach visitors about Brown County's diverse heritage.
Businesses or individuals who would like volunteer for or participate in Wisconsin Farm Technology Days may contact Mark Hagedorn, the show's Executive Secretary and Brown County's UW-Extension Agricultural Agent at 920-391-4612, or visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com.