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U of M students to host Agriculture Awareness Day April 16

Fourth annual event shares importance of agriculture; dairy cows, pigs and lambs to visit heart of Minneapolis campus

March 29, 2013

What: University of Minnesota students and Minnesota agriculture groups host fourth annual Agriculture Awareness Day
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
Where: Church Street, University of Minnesota East Bank campus, Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/29/2013) – 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 fourth annual Agriculture Awareness Day, Tuesday, April 16.

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, pigs, lambs and goats. Other featured animals include chickens and rabbits.

Student organizers invite you to learn more about agriculture by visiting the Agriculture Awareness Day Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AgAwareness. While there, show off your connection to agriculture by participating in a photo contest. Share a photo and a story about how agriculture plays a role in your life; the top three photos based on number of Facebook likes by Friday, April 5 will receive a prize!

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 Beef Council; Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association; Minnesota Buffalo Association; U of M Department of Chicano Studies; CommonGround Minnesota; Minnesota Corn Growers Association; 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 wish to thank major sponsor CHS Foundation for its support. Gratitude is also extended to Coca-Cola, Gold ‘n Plump, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Student Association and Student Service Fees, and the Minnesota Pork Board.

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Ag Awareness Day is set for April 16 on the U's Minneapolis campus

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