Preview: Ag Week

As I was going through my agenda for this upcoming week, and simultaneously surfing through Facebook, I realized that this week is a very special and exciting time for students in the College of Agriculture here at Purdue. It’s Ag Week!

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As you all know, I am a huge advocate for agriculture, and sometimes I take my blog topic and deviate a bit from the original plan. I will probably be doing that more than usual over the course of the next week!

What better way to learn more about what is on your plate than to learn about agriculture? While agriculture impacts our everyday lives in so many ways, the most commonly associated way is food.

Ag Week’s purpose is to give students and faculty the opportunity to learn more about agriculture in a very interactive, large scale atmosphere where everyone can join in, whether that be petting calves, attending fun workshops, or building your own burger while learning about different ag facts. It is definitely a week full of activities.

In particular, I would like to focus on the food side of Ag Week that I will definitely be attending on my walks to and from classes, and I certainly hope that other people who may not know much about agriculture will be as well. What better incentive to get people to learn about something new than food!?

The first event, and probably one of the most popular parts of Ag Week, is the Milk Monday hosted by the Dairy Club. Tomorrow, you can grab milk and grilled cheese made by Purdue Agriculture students on your way through Memorial Mall.

On Wednesday, the Forestry and Natural Resources Student Council is hosting “Free Chili FNR.” Free chili will be served between 12:30 and 3:00 pm.

Thursday, another extremely popular “food” event will be happening on Memorial Mall. The annual Burger Bash is open from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, and allows students to go through a line to get a free burger, but there is a catch – each part of the burger is built by learning “ag facts,” and if you can recite one thing you learned at the end, you get to add an extra to your burger: bacon. And who doesn’t like bacon?

Finally, on Friday, outside of Class of 1950 Purdue’s agricultural sorority will be providing lemon shake-ups. The best part: all proceeds will be going to Breaking New Ground, an organization that helps farmers with disabilities. There are definitely a lot of good reasons to participate.

While my last “food” highlight does not have anything to do with the consumption of food (at least not in the U.S.), it is an opportunity for students to provide a much-needed service. On Tuesday evening from 5:00 pm until 9:00, the Hammer Down Hunger event will draw 400 students to help with packaging over 70,000 meals for Haiti.

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Students packing meals for Hammer Down Hunger from a past Ag Week.

For more information, check out the Purdue Ag Week Facebook page, or their full list of activities for the week. I will definitely be checking out as many events as I possibly can throughout the week, and hope that plenty of others will also take advantage of this great celebration of the agriculture industry.

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