University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff will learn more about how American agriculture provides the necessities of everyday life – food, fiber, clothing and fuel – at the second annual Agriculture Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 19.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Church Street, in the heart of the university's East Bank campus in Minneapolis.
Organized under the leadership of students in the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club, the goal of the event is to raise awareness of how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced and showcase the critical role agriculture plays in maintaining a strong economy. A broad range of Minnesota agricultural producers, associations and government agencies are joining the students in this effort.
Attendees will have the chance to talk with Agricultural Education Club members and industry representatives to learn more about various aspects of the agriculture industry. The event will feature interactive booths and the chance for people to see dairy cows, pigs, dairy, beef, llamas, sheep, goats, rabbits, turkeys, chickens and ducks.
The student organizers have created a Facebook page to provide information and exchange ideas on the event, http://www.facebook.com/AgAwareness.
Organizations participating in Agriculture Awareness Day include the U-M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Minnesota Farmer's Union, Minnesota Corn Growers, Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Coalition, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, U of M Extension's Minnesota 4-H, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Turkey Growers, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Buffalo Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers, Cooperative Network and Minnesota State Rabbit Breeders Association.