The UW-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter will host the fourth annual Ag Day on Campus on April 19 to promote Wisconsin agriculture. With interactive events taking place throughout the day, non-agricultural students, faculty and community members are invited to learn more about agriculture, interact with animals and enjoy food grown and raised by farmers. This year’s theme is ‘AGvocate.’
Student organizations in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), along with local agricultural businesses, will have educational and interactive booths set up outside the University Center in the middle of campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and beginning at 5:30 p.m., a beef sandwich meal will be served in the Agriculture Science building. At 6:30 p.m., keynote speaker and farm broadcaster Bryant Gill will give a presentation on agricultural advocacy.
“This is a great opportunity to reach out to our fellow students who don’t have as much contact with agriculture as we do,” said Collegiate Farm Bureau public relations officer Brittany Statz. “As Farm Bureau members, we take great pride in educating people about everything that goes into producing the food they eat and the clothes they wear. When you’re so far removed from farming, it can be easy to become misinformed about agriculture, so that is where we as a Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter can step up and change that.”
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 farming and rural communities through legislative representation, education, public relations and leadership development.