April 10, 2013--UW-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter will host the first-ever Ag Day on campus Thursday, April 25, to promote Wisconsin agriculture. With events happening all day, non-agricultural students, faculty and community members are invited to learn more about agriculture, interact with animals and enjoy food made by farmers. The event is free and open to the public.
Student organizations in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), along with agricultural businesses, will have educational and interactive booths set up outside the University Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and beginning at 6 p.m., a free pork sandwich meal will be served in the Agriculture Science building. At 7 p.m., Keynote Speaker Charlie Arnot, CEO Center for Food Integrity, will present "Building Trust in Today's Food System," in Room 220 of the Agriculture Science building.
"We are excited to host this first-time event to educate our fellow students, faculty and community members about the impact agriculture has on their daily lives," said Erik Warmka, a UWRF Collegiate Farm Bureau member. "This event allows non-agriculture students and faculty to get a first-hand experience with agriculture by the agriculture students bringing the farm to campus."
Sponsors of Ag Day on Campus are CHS Foundation, Case IH/Value Implement, AgStar Financial Services, American Lung Association, East Central/Select Sires, Feedstuffs, Foremost Farms, Rural Mutual Northwest Insurance Agency (Carl Thomfohrda and Stacey Miller), Penton Media, WI Corn Growers Association, WI Women for Agriculture, WI Soybean Producers, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Dunn, Ozaukee, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Washington, Waukesha and Waupaca county Farm Bureau groups.
The UW-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter was first established on campus in April 2012 and is associated with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (wfbf.com), Wisconsin's largest general farm organization. Much like Wisconsin's diverse agricultural landscape, Farm Bureau members represent all farm commodities, and all farm sizes and management styles. Farm Bureau's mission is to lead the farm and rural community through legislative representation, education, public relations and leadership development.