The University of Minnesota, well known for its historical and current contributions to the agriculture and food industries, will host the first-ever "Celebrate Ag and Food" Day at the Gopher football team’s second home game Sept. 14 against Western Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium.
The University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), College of Veterinary Medicine, Gopher Sports Properties, University of Minnesota Athletics, University of Minnesota Extension, 4-H Foundation and a collection of agribusinesses from throughout the state will be joining forces to hold the inaugural event.
The agriculture and food industries are important economic engines to Minnesota’s economy and that is reflected within the Twin Cities metro culture and the University’s metropolitan campus. Celebrate Ag and Food Day will put the spotlight on these industries.
“We’re looking forward to the inaugural Celebrate Ag and Food Day,” said Brian Buhr, the interim dean of CFANS. “This is a great opportunity to say thanks to our agriculture and food industry partners and to celebrate our many years of cooperation with students and Gophers fans.”
Participating partners that will be in focus at the event include: AgStar Financial Services, Minnesota Pork, Land O' Lakes, Cenex Harvest States, BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Minnesota Corn Growers, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Turkey, and NAU Country Insurance.
The event will serve as an opportunity for the University of Minnesota to thank these businesses for showing support in the form of scholarship and research dollars and by hiring students to work in the industry. The goal of Celebrate Food and Ag Day is to highlight all the great work done by the agriculture and food industries across Minnesota, both inside the stadium and statewide via radio broadcast on the Gopher Radio Network.
The day will begin with University President Eric Kaler visiting with key agribusiness leadership and welcoming them to TCF Bank Stadium. Highlights of the state’s food and agriculture contributions will be presented throughout the game. At the first quarter break, there will be an on-field ceremony honoring current and past Siehl Prize laureates for their contributions to agriculture in Minnesota.
Careers in the agriculture and food industries, from current students aspiring to those fields and alumni currently in those roles, will also be at the forefront. Students and local corporations will have a chance to connect and engage with one another and a video showcasing careers in these fields will be played at halftime.