Ag Week 2017 Press Release

Media Contacts:

Megan Ross, Student Services Coordinator, College of Agriculture, mhr0001@auburn.edu, 334-844-3201

Mary Kendall Dixon, Agricultural Communications Practicum Student, College of Agriculture, mkd0025@auburn.edu, 334-703-3067

College of Agriculture is “Breaking New Ground” for the 12th annual Ag Weekag-week

AUBURN, Ala.— “Breaking New Ground” is the theme of the 12th annual Ag Week, March 27-31, hosted by the College of Agriculture. 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 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 is 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,” said Will Howard Wendland, Ag Council president. “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. The Ag Ambassadors will also be hosting karaoke night in the Alfa Pavilion following the carnival until 9 p.m.

The carnival is open to all Auburn University students and the Auburn community.

Ag Council will be hosting the Ag Week Picnic on Wednesday on the Comer Lawn from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Fried catfish and chicken finger plates will be sole for $8 and Ag Week shirts will be sold for $20 on a first come, first serve basis. Plates come with chips, hushpuppies, a cookie and drink.

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 screening will take place in Comer Hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jeff Helms, director of communications with the Alabama Farmers Federation, 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.

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.

For more information about Ag Week contact Megan Ross, College of Agriculture student services coordinator, at mhr0001@auburn.edu.

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Ag Week began in 2005 by Ag Council as a way to celebrate agriculture and to give College of Agriculture students the opportunity to share what they know about the agricultural industry. The week gives the college the opportunity to show the rest of the university agriculture is more than just farmers and ranchers.