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UW-River falls hosts annual Ag day on campus
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/01/2024

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UW-River Falls) College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) hosts its annual Ag Day on Campus on April 11th. This year's theme, "Growing for Generations," celebrates agriculture's long-standing impact on Wisconsin and its future.

The event runs from 9:30 am to 8 pm near the University Center, moving indoors if necessary. Student organizers Aleah Cole and Lashawna Vogel aim to connect attendees with agriculture's past, present, and future.

Displays of classic tractors and a life-size Holstein cow named Colleen the Dream will be featured alongside informational booths from agricultural businesses, student clubs, and dignitaries like Princess Kay of the Milky Way. A favorite activity is the opportunity to pet farm animals.

For those interested in careers in agriculture, a panel discussion on modern trends and sought-after skills is planned. The event concludes with a free dinner featuring locally sourced food.

Organizers emphasize the importance of bridging the gap between consumers and the origins of their food. Many people don't consider the complex network that brings food from farms to tables. Ag Day on Campus serves as a reminder of agriculture's vital role in society.

Planning involves a dedicated team of 50-60 students. Mike Orth, Dean of CAFES, commends their efforts to educate the public about agriculture's significance.

The stories of Cole and Vogel exemplify how Ag Day fosters appreciation for agriculture regardless of background. Cole, not raised on a farm, is now pursuing veterinary school after her experience at UW-River Falls. Ag Day offers a comprehensive exploration of agriculture, connecting attendees with the people who ensure a stable food system. For more information about the event, email cfb@uwrf.edu.

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