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AUBURN, Ala.—Ag Discovery Adventure is set for Saturday, Oct. 10, at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Ala. Ag Discovery Adventure is full of hands on activities for the whole family and designed for people to ask questions about their agriculture and their food supply.

“Only 1 percent of the U.S. population is directly involved in food production in America,” said Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “This means the average American may be three or four generations removed from the farm and do not have childhood experiences to draw from when talking about food production.”


“Many people don’t realize that technology is integral in producing food. Everyone needs and wants a clean, safe environment, and technologies used today in agriculture are ensuring our world will be around for a long, long time.”


One of this year’s highlights will be discussions and preparations of locally sourced food by David Bancroft, a well-known Auburn chef. Bancroft will be preparing oysters, farm raised shrimp, Mangalitsa pork and chicken that was all grown in Alabama. As Bancroft is cooking, the farmers that raised these products will talk about their average day on the farm. These treats will be available to taste after each demonstration beginning at 9:30 a.m.


This year will also showcase farm raised fish techniques and aquaponics. There will be opportunities to feed fish and see how lettuce can be grown in water. These newer techniques help to keep American raised products in grocery stores for longer periods of time each year.


Hands on activities abound. Watching baby chicks hatch, picking cotton, scouting for insects – both good and bad, making apple cider, shelling corn, making crayon leaf drawings, picking and painting pumpkins and digging for sweet potatoes are just a few of the hands on activities available for all age groups.


Many animals will be at Ag Discovery Adventure including the AU Canine Performance puppies. There will be a corn maze to navigate. Visitors can learn how drones can help farmers with planting, fertilizing and scouting for plant pests. Everyone is also welcome to take a leisurely wagon ride pulled by a GPS assisted tractor.


Ag Discovery Adventure is free to the public. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m.  Lunch will be available on the grounds for purchase or bring a picnic lunch. E.V. Smith Research Center is located off I-85 at exit 26. Signs will lead you to parking and the beginning of a great family adventure. For more information visit  or call 334-844-4768.

The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Auburn University College of Agriculture are hosts for Ag Discovery Adventure.



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