Ag and Food Week brings focus to CFANS
Several events during Sept. 11-16 increased visibility and education about the importance of agriculture and food production in Minnesota. As an expansion on last year’s Ag and Food Day, CFANS highlighted the role we play through research, student education and outreach, and vital partnerships. In 2018, the week will coincide with the public launch timeframe of the CFANS portion of the Driven campaign, so we’re going to build and enrich the experiences and welcome more departmental participation.
The week kicked off with interactive learning activities at the HungerU exhibit located on Church Street on the Minneapolis campus. On campus for three days, the experiential mobile exhibit travels to college campuses around the nation raising awareness about food security and why it’s important to everyone. The annual CFANS Picnic on the Plaza drew a strong gathering of the students, faculty, and staff on the St. Paul Campus. Material was shared through the Cornercopia stand at the UMN Farmers Market on the Minneapolis campus. CFANS alums delivered UMN SweeTango apples along with a message of gratitude to Minnesota legislators. Social media messaging focused on the week and CFANS highlights.
The week drew to a perfect autumn finish with CFANS tables at the Gopher Garden/Fanfest area near the TCF Bank Stadium before the Gopher game against Middle Tennessee State University (final score 34-3); participants were able to sample Sweet Corn Ice Cream, meat and cheese from the Dairy and Meat Salesroom and network with each other. A pre-game reception for Ag & Food Day sponsors and other guests included a panel discussion among President Kaler, Dean of Veterinary Medicine Trevor Ames, Dean Brian Buhr, and UMN Dean of Extension Bev Durgan, the opportunity to sample the new Row the Boat ® ice cream flavor, and a special presentation to Kaler of our award-winning cheese by Food Science and Nutrition Department Head Kumar Mallikarjunan. Sponsors and partners for the events included: AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Bayer Crop Science, Brownfield Ag Network, Cargill, Case IH, Cenex, Christensen Farms, Compeer Financial (formerly AgStar Financial), Land O’Lakes, Inc., Midwest Dairy, Minnesota AgriGrowth Council, Minnesota Corn Growers, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Pork Producers, Minnesota Soybean, and Minnesota Turkey.