The College of Agriculture is “Breaking New Ground” next week as they kick off the 12th annual Ag Week on March 27.
Ag Week is held every year to give College of Agriculture students the opportunity to share the impact and importance of agriculture with the rest of Auburn University.
The theme is “Breaking New Ground” because the agriculture industry is changing and making big advances in technology said Will Howard Wendland, Ag Council president.
The week will begin with a petting zoo on the Green Space hosted by Block and Bridle and Auburn University Young Farmers from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Other College of Agriculture clubs will be on the Green Space answering questions about agriculture.
“As a land grant university, I think it’s important that Auburn University students know the impact our college and the industry have not only in this state but also throughout the world,” said Megan Ross, College of Agriculture student services coordinator.
The college will also be hosting the Ag Week Ag Carnival on Tuesday at Ag Heritage Park from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
“Personally, my favorite part is the Carnival at Ag Heritage Park,” Wendland. “It’s an event that allows people of all ages to get together and have a good time.”
This year there will be carnival games, a bounce house, an inflatable slide and a mechanical bull.
Ag Council will be hosting the Ag Week Picnic on Wednesday on the Comer Lawn. Fried catfish and chicken finger plates will be sold for $8 and Ag Week shirts will be sold for $20 on a first come, first serve basis.
The bloodmobile will also be on Comer Lawn from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for Block and Bridle’s annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Screening. Bone marrow screenings will take place in Comer Hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alabama Farmers Federation Communications Director Jeff Helms will be speaking on Thursday to College of Agriculture students on how to engage and lead conversations with the community about current issues in agriculture.
Ag Week is a tradition for the college, but there are some new events this year.
The Ag Ambassadors will be hosting karaoke night in the Alfa Pavilion following the carnival until 9 p.m., and all students are invited to participate.
Wednesday night beginning at 5:30, Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen will be hosting their annual Burger Brawl on Comer Lawn. Grills, meat and buns are provided by the club. There is a $20 entrance fee for each team, and they need to bring their own seasonings and be prepared to grill their own unique burger. The winning team will win $100 cash prize, donated by the Alabama Cattlewomen Association.
The Sigma Alpha Stud Auction has been added to Ag Week this year. Auburn men are auctioned off as part of a date night package from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Alfa Pavilion. The money raised during the auction will go to Ag in the Classroom, an agriculture literacy program for Auburn schools. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door.
College of Agriculture students will also be giving back to the Auburn community by volunteering at New Water Farms, Storybook Farms and Campus Kitchens on Friday.
“The College of Agriculture may not have the largest presence on campus, but we must rise to the challenge of helping to feed a growing world,” said Wendland. “The events of the week will allow us to show others how valuable our work is and how important it is to adequately prepare the next generation of scientists, educators, consultants, business men and women, and last but not least, farmers.”