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Ag Awareness Day is set for April 17 on the U's Minneapolis campus.

U of M students to host Agriculture Awareness Day April 17

Dairy cows, pigs, llamas and sheep to visit heart of Minneapolis campus

What: University of Minnesota students and Minnesota agriculture groups host Agriculture Awareness Day
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17
Where: Church Street, University of Minnesota East Bank campus, Minneapolis

Contacts: Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552
Theresa Twohey, student organizer, twohe009@umn.edu, (507) 951-5929

April 10, 2012

American agriculture continues to provide many of the necessities of everyday life, including food, fiber, clothing and fuel. Agricultural education students at the University of Minnesota will share that message with fellow students, faculty, staff and the general public during the third annual Agriculture Awareness Day, Tuesday, April 17.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street, in the heart of the university’s East Bank in Minneapolis.

Organized under the leadership of students in the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club, 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 of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI); Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC); Minnesota Beef Council; Minnesota Buffalo Association; U of M Department of Chicano Studies; Minnesota Corn Growers; Midwest Dairy Association; Minnesota Farm Bureau; Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Pork Board; Minnesota Soybean; U of M Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); Minnesota Turkey; and the U of M Extension’s Minnesota 4-H.

Student organizers also wish to thank major sponsors Coca-Cola and the CHS Foundation for their support.

Tags: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Extension

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