Ag Awareness Day slated for March 23

Ag Awareness Day slated for March 23

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 8:01 pm

Increasing awareness about agriculture and its importance in today’s economy is the focus of a group of agriculture students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

The group is sponsoring the UT Martin Agriculture Awareness Day, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 23, on the north patio of Boling University Center. 

“Agriculture is the largest global industry. Half of the world is connected to the agribusiness industry,” said Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, professor of agricultural economics and co-coordinator of the event with Dr. Jimmy Butler, professor of agricultural education.

Vendors from companies such as Monsanto, Tennessee Farmers’ Cooperative and Tennessee Farm Bureau will present during the event. Many of these vendors will have interactive displays where students can learn about the agriculture industry. 

“Not only does agriculture allow us to carry on our daily routines, but it also employs over 22 million people in the United States. Only 2 percent of that figure is actually being involved in production agriculture,” said Chris Martin, UT Martin Agriculture Awareness Day student coordinator. “In 1940, the average farmer fed 39 people. Today, one farmer feeds 155 with less land, more regulations and a growing number of mouths to feed around the world.” 

Tennessee Tractor, LLC will have tractors and other farm equipment on hand for students to ask questions about the different types of farming equipment. The Farmer Forum will begin at 11 a.m., allowing participants to interact with farmers and ask individuals who work in the industry questions about agriculture. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Martin at


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