September 20, 2017
Submitted from Auburn University
Folks of all ages can enjoy an entertaining, enlightening and up-close look at agriculture at the sixth annual Ag Discovery Adventure. The event is Sept. 23 at Auburn University’s E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter.
The free, family-oriented activities are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 3,186-acre research center, just off Interstate 85 at Exit 26 between Montgomery and Auburn. The physical address is 4725 County Road 40, Shorter, Alabama.
Hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s College of Agriculture, Ag Discovery Adventure is designed to showcase agricultural technology and increase the non-farming public’s awareness of agriculture’s importance.
Activities include peanut digging, cotton picking and GPS-guided hayrides along with pumpkin and corn mazes.
Attendees also learn valuable skills, such as how to cast a fishing pole and how to harvest rainwater. Musical entertainment includes traditional groups, bluegrass and the FFA state champion string band.
“This is a chance for parents and children to learn about where and how food and fiber are produced in the U.S.,” said Carla Hornady, the Alabama Farmers Federation's Cotton, Soybean and Wheat & Feed Grains divisions director. “Our checkoff dollars have a direct impact on educating consumers through Ag Discovery, and it’s an event our farmers are happy to support.”
Ag Discovery Adventure is co-sponsored by Alabama Cotton Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers, Alabama Wheat & Feed Grain Producers, the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Peanut Producers Association and the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association.
Attendees can bring picnic lunches or purchase hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs from Auburn’s Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen.
For more information, call (334) 844-4768 or email Lisa Kriese-Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The E.V. Smith Research Center is the largest and most comprehensive of 15 outlying Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station research and extension facilities located in Alabama. The center is home to beef cattle, horticulture, plant breeding, field crops and biosystems engineering research units.