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September 10, 2012   Email to Friend 


Miranda Mattheis
(334) 612-5493
September 10, 2012

The Auburn University College of Agriculture wants to close the gap between consumers and agriculture and raise the understanding of how food is produced.

The College of Ag, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System are joining forces in that effort by hosting the first-ever “Ag Discovery Adventure: A Window to the Future.”''

The free event will be Sept. 29 at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers Alabamians an up-close look at 21st century agriculture. Ag Discovery Adventure includes hay rides, high-tech treasure hunts, a corn maze, precision agriculture displays, milking demonstrations and more. The events will introduce consumers of all ages and backgrounds to the world of agriculture, from crop and animal production to bioenergy and sustainability.

Lisa Kriese-Anderson, Extension specialist and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, said the theme of Ag Discovery Adventure is “consumers meet agriculture.”

“This is where we begin to have an honest dialogue with consumers about where their food comes from and where they need to go to find factual information,” she said.

John Fulton, Extension specialist and associate professor in biosystems engineering, added that the hands-on experiences for attendees will introduce them to the various aspects of agriculture production and modern technology used in farming.

“We hope to excite the public about agriculture in the United States while educating them on the science and technology used to produce food, fiber, feed and energy,” Fulton said.

Sponsors for the event include Alabama Cotton Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers and Alabama Wheat and Feed Grain Producers, all divisions of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Farmers and others interested in beef cattle production who will be in the Auburn area should make plans to attend the half-day Beef Cattle Field Day from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., held in conjunction with Ag Discovery Adventure.

The E.V. Smith Research Station, part of Auburn University’s Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station network, will host the field day. Beef cattle producers will receive research updates from Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University specialists on topics including: Ongoing Feeder Cattle Shrink Research, Fixed Time Artificial Insemination Programs, Ryegrass Variety Research and By‚Äźproduct Feeding to Cattle.

There is no fee to attend the field day, and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

To learn more about Ag Discovery Adventure, visit AgDiscoveryAdventure.com, or contact (334) 844-5887 or agcomm@auburn.edu. For more information on the Beef Cattle Field Day, or to pre-register, contact the Macon County Extension Office at (334) 727-0340.

The 3,816-acre E.V. Smith Research Center is located at Exit 26 on Interstate 85, between Montgomery and Auburn.

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