Anna Stewart, Lewis R. Braswell and Jan Spears, NCSU Agronomy Club, Raleigh, NC
Farm Animal Days is hosted annually by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU). This event is used to educate preschool and elementary school children about farm animals and crops. NCSU Agronomy Club members were present for each of the three days event to answer questions from students, teachers, and parents. The interactive display set up by the club showcased crops grown across North Carolina, from field to finished product. Crop plants were used to show the children what corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat looks like while in the field. Containers of harvested crops were displayed to let students feel the grain and cotton bolls. Alongside the crops were various food and clothing products that illustrated the diversity of products processed or manufactured from the agronomic crops. Approximately 10,000 people attended the event over the three days. The students were very responsive to our visuals and presentation, asking questions about the various foods and products made from the crops. The knowledge we shared with the students and parents helped to educate the general urban society about the value of agriculture and helped the children understand where a lot of the foods they like to eat come from.