Husker Food Connection Spreads Ag Information To The City Campus

UNL East Campus students try to bridge the disconnect over how food is produced.

Published on: Apr 16, 2013

Cool weather and mist did little to deter UNL East Campus students recently from spreading the message of agriculture to non-ag students at the City Campus.

The occasion was the second annual Husker Food Connection held outside the City Campus Union.

Some 70 ag student volunteers handed out information about agriculture and food production. They also had the UNL beef van with a fistulated steer where students and researchers explained how rumen contents are researched.

One pen housed a calf from PrairieLand Dairy by Hickman. Two baby pigs were a popular stop for visitors, too.

Alissa Doerr, a senior ag economics major, says Husker Food Connection is an ag advocacy effort on the part of ag students. "All departments on East Campus come together to help.

City campus students make a connection with piglets during Husker Food Connection.
City campus students make a connection with piglets during Husker Food Connection.

"There is a huge disconnect between consumers and farmers and ranchers," says Doer, a member of the UNL Block and Bridle Club and intern with the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska. "Even a lot of college students don't know where their food comes from. Some believe it comes from the grocery store. We want to let them know where and how their food is produced and the importance of agriculture."

During the day's activities, a free lunch was provided City Campus students.

While Husker Food Connection originated as the name of event on City Campus, it is now an organization formed by about 30 ag students, according to Doerr.

Alissa Doerr, UNL senior in ag economics, was one of the East Campus students organizing Husker Food Connection.
Alissa Doerr, UNL senior in ag economics, was one of the East Campus students organizing Husker Food Connection.

"We hope to expand the idea to sponsoring farm tours in the fall for non-ag students," she adds.

A-FAN assists the students and East Campus student groups with setting up Husker Food Connection. However, more than 40 Nebraska agriculture groups, ag companies and UNL Extension help sponsor the event.