Today is a big day for the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club.
After months of planning, they are helping to showcase the impact of agriculture in the state and across the world. They are hosting the third annual Agriculture Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on Church Street in the heart of the university's East Bank in Minneapolis.
The goal of the event is to increase awareness of how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced and showcase the critical role American agriculture plays in maintaining a strong economy, especially as the world population continues to grow. A broad range of Minnesota agricultural producers, associations, corporations and government agencies are joining the students in this effort.
Attendees will have the chance to visit with Agricultural Education Club members and ask questions of industry experts while learning more about various aspects of the agriculture industry.
The event will also feature interactive booths and the chance for people to see dairy cows, beef cattle (both steer and heifer), pigs, llamas, lambs and sheep.
Student organizers invite you to learn more about agriculture by visiting the Agriculture Awareness Day Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AgAwareness.
The following organizations are scheduled to participate in Agriculture Awareness Day: the U-M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Agricultural Utilization Research Institute; Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center; Minnesota Beef Council; Minnesota Buffalo Association; U-M Department of Chicano Studies; Minnesota Corn Growers; Midwest Dairy Association; Minnesota Farm Bureau; Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Pork Board; Minnesota Soybean; U-M Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; Minnesota Turkey; and the U-M Extension's Minnesota 4-H.