Ag Awareness Day

Tomorrow is Ag Awareness Day at the University of Minnesota, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. My last post, “Farming 101” has nothing on what tomorrow will do for educating people about farming and agriculture in general. This is truly a moth-watering experience for a college student studying agriculture and communications.

First of all, I get to meet enthusiasts agvocates (advocates for agriculture) like myself throughout the day. While I am talking to these 100 plus advocates for agriculture, I can collect swag. (For anyone who has see The Office and how excited Michael Scott becomes about swag, this is a big deal.)

Second,  various agriculture groups from outside of the University of Minnesota will be on campus to celebrate the event. Minnesota Corn Growers Association will be giving out Frisbees to play with and have a game of bags going throughout Ag Awareness Day. Other notable attendees include: Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farm & Food Coalition, and Minnesota Pork  Producers Association. I hear there is a petting zoo, games on Northrup Mall, and possibly some free food.

Third, University of Minnesota Students will be hosting the event and have been thoroughly enthusiastic about it. This is the exciting part of communications for me. A Facebook fan page has been created for this event, press releases have been written for outside news sources, television and radio commercials have been produced to generate attention, and follow-up news reports have been arranged.

Finally, a great deal of media attention can be attracted because of the speaker, Patrick Moore. He’s a big deal for environmentalists, and will hopefully be a big draw for the cause. If Patrick Moore can’t get people excited about Earth Day, I’m not sure who can (besides maybe Al Gore). There’s my spiel. I’m an agvocate (clearly), and I hope my readers realized I probably have a very biased and positive attitude toward agriculture. If I haven’t made that clear enough, check out my media alert for tomorrow:

When:  April 20, 2010

9 am – 4 pm exhibitors, giveaways and presentations

6 am is set-up

Where: University of Minnesota

Northrop Plaza, Minneapolis Campus

Who: Ag Students doing Ag Awareness Day with all Greek U of M organizations and outside agriculture groups. Patrick Moore will be speaking.

What: The University of Minnesota will host the 40 Annual Earth Day with 13 agriculturally supporting groups at Northrop Plaza. There will be a panel of speakers, each talking about his or her industry. The best of the best in agriculture will be present. Environmentally friendly handouts will be supplied by many of the groups present.

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