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Mark your calendars now for Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Auburn University College of Agriculture, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System host “Ag Discovery Adventure: A Window to the Future” at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter. The 3,816-acre E.V. Smith Center is located at Exit 26 on Interstate 85, between Montgomery and Auburn.


The free event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will offer Alabamians an up-close look at 21st-century agriculture. The lineup for Ag Discovery Adventure is diverse touching many different aspects of agriculture. There will be tour wagons pulled by autoguided tractors, high-tech treasure hunts using GPS, a corn maze, milking demonstrations and many other activities. But each activity is designed to introduce people of all ages and walks of life to the wide world of agriculture from crop and animal production to bioenergy and sustainability.

The gates open at 8:30 a.m.

People are free to explore activities at their own pace. But there are some scheduled activities for the main stage, including a game show where audience members test their knowledge of agriculture using interactive clickers.

Main stage schedule

9:00 a.m. Welcome, intro to agriculture, opportunity to depart on tour

9:30 a.m. Mobile Dairy Classroom

10:00 a.m. Intro to agriculture, opportunity to depart on tour

10:30 a.m. Agriculture: How Much Do You Know interactive game

11:00 a.m. Intro to agriculture, opportunity to depart on tour

11:30 a.m. Agriculture: How Much Do You Know interactive game

12:00 noon Intro to Agriculture, opportunity to depart on tour

12:30 p.m. Mobile Dairy Classroom

Ag Discovery Adventure is set for the open weekend in Auburn University’s football schedule and offers a great way to spend a fall day with the family. You can bring a picnic lunch or visit any of the several food vendors that will be on hand for a snack or meal. Additionally, handicapped parking will be available.

Sponsors for the inaugural Ag Discovery Adventure include the Alabama Cotton Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers and Alabama Wheat and Feed Grain Producers.

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