E.V. Smith hosts sixth annual Ag Discovery Adventure Sept. 23

By Laura Cauthen

Folks of all ages can enjoy an entertaining, enlightening and up-close look at the fascinating world of agriculture at the sixth annual Ag Discovery Adventure, set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at Auburn University’s E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter.

The free, family-oriented event is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 3,186-acre research center, located off Interstate 85 at Exit 26, between Montgomery and Auburn. The physical address is 4725 County Road 40, Shorter.

Hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s College of Agriculture, Ag Discovery Adventure is designed to showcase agricultural technology and increase the non-farm public’s awareness of the key role agriculture plays in people’s lives.

This year’s Adventure-goers will find activities that run the gamut from peanut digging and cotton picking to GPS-guided hayrides and pumpkin and corn mazes. They also will have the chance to learn valuable skills, such as how to cast a fishing pole and how to harvest rainwater. Musical entertainment will include traditional groups, bluegrass and the Alabama state winning FFA String Band.

“Ag Discovery Adventure is an opportunity to ask questions concerning how your food and fiber are produced in the United States,” said Adventure coordinator Lisa Kriese-Anderson. “It is also a time to ask how different careers fit into the agricultural system. Agriculture depends on highly advanced systems to ensure sustainability of our natural resources as well as continued low food prices for consumers.”

Those who attend the Ag Discovery Adventure are welcome to bring picnic lunches to enjoy on the grounds, or they can purchase hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hotdogs onsite from Auburn’s Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen.

Ag Discovery Adventure is co-sponsored by Alabama Cotton Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers, Alabama Wheat and Feed Grains Producers, the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Peanut Producers and the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association.

For more information on the 2016 event, call 334-844-4768 or email Kriese-Anderson at kriesla@aces.edu.

The E.V. Smith Research Center is the largest and most comprehensive of 15 outlying Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station research and extension facilities located throughout Alabama. The center is home to beef cattle, horticulture, plant breeding, field crops and biosystems engineering research units.

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