UACES Facebook Moms on the Farm set for April 29

Moms on the Farm set for April 29

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  • Moms on the Farm event set for April 29
  • Tour begins at Benton County Extension Office, 8:15 a.m.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas moms who want to experience where their family’s food actually comes from before it hits the grocery store shelves will get their chance next week in northwest Arkansas.

The Moms on the Farm Tour, sponsored by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, will kick off Tuesday, April 29, at the Benton County Cooperative Extension Office at 1204 S.W. 14th St., Suite 2, in Bentonville.

The event is free and open to the public.

The idea behind the event is to connect moms who buy and prepare food with the people who actually produce it, said Janeal Yancey, a U of A meat scientist who chairs the event.

“Our population has gotten so far removed from food production,” Yancey said. “We just want them to see how our farms operate and how our food is produced.”

Two generations ago, “most people were raised on the farm or they raised or grew some of their own food,” said Jessica Street, Benton County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Today, “they don’t even have an understanding of what a farm is like.”

While moms are the target audience, Yancey said anyone who is interested is welcome to attend, with a goal of having 25 to 30 participants.

The event begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. at the extension office. Then, participants will be bused to the Anglin Dairy west of Bentonville, where they will get to experience the day-to-day life of a dairy farmer.

Next up is a trip to a poultry farm and go inside the coops to see production up close.

The final stop will be a beef farm, followed by lunch and cooking demonstrations from the Arkansas Cattlewoman’s Association. Food experts will also be on hand for a question-and-answer session about agriculture and food production.

To sign up for the tour, email Yancey at jws09@uark.edu.

For more information about cattle production, contact your county extension office, or visit our newly revamped website, www.uaex.edu.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

By Rich Shumate
For the Cooperative Extension Service
U of A Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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