Being within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, I have learned a lot about One Health issues that I did not know much about previously. Specifically, the importance of agriculture and how it affects our everyday lives. In addition to learning about this in classes, my roommate Erin – an animal science major and dairy farm owner – taught me about agriculture. My interest and unawareness and Erin’s drive to educate others in agriculture, inspired the idea to spread the word about this industry through creating an agriculture advocacy club. In Fall 2017, UConn’s agriculture advocacy club was formed with the mission of planning an agriculture awareness week to engage students that may not be exposed to agriculture or realize how it affects their everyday lives. This would give students the opportunity to learn about food, sustainable agriculture, and livestock.
It is currently Agriculture Awareness week on campus and Wednesday, March 21 is National Agriculture day. Everyday for the rest of this week there will be continued tabling on Fairfield Way that engages students with topics such as Aquaponics, One Health, Turf, Horticulture, and Block & Bridle.
Two special events are also being held. On Tuesday there is a screening of the documentary Farmland at 6pm in WB Young 100. This documentary is about agriculture in the United States with the goal of bridging the gap between food growers and consumers by presenting farmers’ and ranchers’ perspectives on food production. The lives of six farmers in their 20’s are documented, describing their experiences and views on modern farming. This documentary is very interesting because it alters your viewpoints on where your food comes from and the people that work hard to produce this food for consumers.
Additionally, on Thursday at 6pm there will be a “Professionals in Agriculture” panel in WB Young 100. Various topics in agriculture such as pesticides, GMOs, among others will be discussed.
Ultimately, it is important to be aware of the impact agriculture has on your everyday life. Food doesn’t just appear at the grocery store, it comes from hard workers and plants and animals. Other objects, that you may not be aware of, are also the product of agriculture. I encourage you to stop by one of the Fairfield way booths throughout the week or attend one of the special events to learn more about this ever so diverse industry.