For some students in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture, visiting an Iowa farm for the first time is a big deal. For the first time, 15 college students will learn what life is really like on an Iowa farm during the second Agricultural Weekend Experience April 7-9.
Some of the students have homes halfway across the globe while others are Iowa natives looking to discover what their state's agriculture industry has to offer. Participants range from a freshman to a graduate student and from pre-veterinary majors to an entomology major.
The one thing all of the students have in common is their limited farm experience.
Over half of students not from farms
"More than half of all ISU College of Agriculture students did not grow up on a farm," says Alicia Clancy, Agricultural Weekend Experience coordinator. "This weekend experience is an opportunity to learn about farm management, livestock care, spring planting and more.
"AWE offers students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge to real operations and to be more knowledgeable as they enter the ag industry after graduation," she adds.
Half of the students will stay spend April 8 and 9 with farm family hosts in the northern Iowa communities of Osage, Nashua and Shell Rock. The other half will travel to Crawford County April 7, 8 and 9 to stay with farm families in Vail, Westside and Denison. Both student groups will tour local ag businesses, such as ethanol plants and dairies, as well as becoming knowledgeable about the day-to-day operations of a farm.
AWE is an awesome program
AWE is co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and the ISU Agricultural Endowment with cooperation of several Iowa Farm Bureau county offices.
Founded in 1937 the Iowa State University Ag Endowment provides opportunities for the College of Agriculture to support the people and infrastructure vital to the future of Iowa agriculture. The ISU Ag Endowment provides scholarships to ISU students; support for student activities and internships; grants for ISU research and demonstration projects; and support for other College of Ag programs that advance agriculture in Iowa.
To learn more about the 2006 Agricultural Weekend Experience student participants visit www.ag.iastate.edu/agendowment/awe.html.