Folks of all ages can get an entertaining, enlightening and up-close look at 21st century agriculture Saturday, Oct. 8, at Ag Discovery Adventure at Auburn University’s (AU) E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter.
The free, family-oriented event is 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the research unit, located off Interstate 85 at Exit 26 between Montgomery and Auburn.
Hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and AU’s College of Agriculture, Ag Discovery Adventure showcases technology and seeks to increase the non-farm public’s awareness of the key role agriculture plays in the lives of Alabamians and beyond.
College of Agriculture Ambassador Matthew Brady has volunteered at Ag Discovery Adventure three years and counting. The senior studying agricultural business and economics said he and his peers look forward to teaching the public about agriculture each year.
“Anytime I have the opportunity to get off Ag Hill and inform future generations about agriculture, I gladly do so,” said Brady, who was raised on a catfish farm in Perry County. “Agriculture was part of my childhood, and I want to share that with other kids.”
Ag Discovery Adventure will feature cotton picking, a corn maze, corn-shelling station, hands-on wildlife exhibit, farm animal petting area, 36-foot-long water wheels water conservation lab and many other activities.
Attendees can bring picnic lunches or buy hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs from AU’s Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen.
Ag Discovery Adventure is co-sponsored by the Alabama Cotton Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers, Alabama Wheat & Feed Grains Producers, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Peanut Producers Association and Alabama Poultry & Egg Association.
For more information, visit tinyurl.com/AgDiscovery16, or email Lisa Kriese-Anderson at email@example.com.