WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – During the week of April 12 to 16, Purdue University will be celebrating its 10th Agriculture Week virtually and on campus. Ag Week is a week-long event where students highlight the leaps and bounds within the agriculture industry and Purdue College of Agriculture. Students are invited to attend the daily Memorial Mall events in person, and the public can stay connected on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and YouTube at @PurdueAgWeek.
The Purdue Ag Week Task Force, a team of 19 students, worked to make Agriculture Week happen this year – with extra safety and health precautions. The key events are:
Milk Monday: Presented by the Purdue Dairy Club and falling on National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, Milk Monday will feature dairy-related snacks, games and information about Memorial Mall. There might even be a four-legged or two-legged animal. Funds will be raised to help tackle local food insecurity through a dinner donation event with Mad Mushroom Pizza. The guest speaker will be Jeff Simmons, CEO of Elanco, online and through the Purdue Ag Podcast.
Cut down on hunger (Tuesday): Instead of the typical food wrap for Hammer Down Hunger, this year there will be a College of Ag canned food drive. Canned food will be collected at Memorial Mall, student organization kiosks and Mad Mushroom. Speaking on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, Evan Rocheford, CEO of NutraMaize.
Well-being Wednesday: Wellness Wednesday will focus on on-farm and food safety and well-being and support within the food and farming community. The Wellness Wednesday committee will welcome Kayla Dunham, who will share her story about food safety on campus and virtually. There will also be a virtual panel of industry professionals sponsoring Ag Week. The speaker for today’s presidential dialogue will be Phil nelson, one of The three winners of the Purdue World Food Prize, accessible through Purdue Ag’s social media sites.
Burger Bash (Thursday): Burgers will be served at Memorial Mall, prepackaged and safely distributed, to educate Purdue students about what constitutes a burger. Speaking virtually on social media and Spotify, Presidential Dialogue speaker Joe McGuire of Pure Green Farms.
Fry-Day: Instead of handing out free fries, potato chips will be handed out this year at Memorial Mall. Karen Plaut, Dean of Agriculture at Purdue and Associate Dean Christine Wilson will be special guests of the day and can be heard on the posts of the Presidential Dialogue.
Every day, student organizations from the College of Agriculture will be set up in kiosks at Memorial Mall. The Ag Week task force will have a booth to distribute free promotional items. There will be daily quizzes to be completed virtually, and all quiz participants will be entered into a draw for prizes. Follow Purdue Ag’s social media sites for updates and more information. Purdue Ag Week will adhere to all Protect Purdue safety rules and protocols.
Author and source: Abigail Powell, 574-205-2922, [email protected]
Agricultural communications: 765-494-8415
Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]