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Gearing Up For Ag Facts Friday, April 15

211160_149399628449673_4472046_n.jpg Ag Facts Friday is an event that will be held on college campuses across the country. It is aimed at improving the image of agriculture by educating college students about where their food and clothing come from, providing facts about the vital role agriculture plays in our daily lives, and exposing students to the genuine values held by agriculturalists.

Originally called “Thank A Farmer Thursday,” the event was supposed to be held on March 31, but copyright issues forced the board of directors, consisting entirely of college students, to move dates and change names.

As a result, Ag Facts Friday will be held on April 15. Participating colleges include: Texas A&M University (TAMU), University of Florida, University of Missouri, College of the Ozarks, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, Mississippi State, Kansas State University and Clemson University.

“We will spread out on campus, hand out donated items such as food, t-shirts, and brochures, and talk to students. Ag Facts Friday will tell students about who we are, what we really do, and how our industry benefits them. Participants will be sent informational material to print and hand out. Donators and participating universities may also be listed. Large poster boards for students to sign will be presented to local producers and associations in appreciation for all they do,” explains Gentrie Schafer, a TAMU beef reproductive physiology masters student and one of the participating members on the board of directors.

The AgFACTS website can be found here. Visitors to the site will find t-shirts for sale celebrating the event, as well as promotional items and educational materials.

“At participating universities, you can expect to see students all over campus wearing our t-shirts with the slogan, ‘Tried-n-true from the farm to you.' The students will talk about agriculture with their peers and non-agricultural students. They will also hand out sheets that contain some basic facts about agriculture. Most universities will have large posters for students to sign in order to thank and show their support for the farmers and producers that provide for them. Different types of livestock will even be on campus at some schools that day for a little show-and-tell, along with an explanation of how efficiently we utilize almost all of the resources from these animals. Many university groups have received food, drinks, and brochures as donations from businesses and associations within the industry to pass out that day to remind students of the variety of products agricultural industries and farms provide," adds Shafer.

With a growing list of universities getting involved, Shafer said there is still time for other college campuses to get involved.

Check out Ag Facts Friday to share the positive story of agriculture and food production with today’s consumers. I plan to participate. Will you? Happy Ag Facts Friday to the BEEF Daily readers!