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Ag Day on Campus reacquaints students with agriculture

Kati Kindschuh
UWRF Dairy Club officers Jacob Pintens (left) and Andrew Helmer brought out two young calves for students to see and ask questions about during Ag Day The UWRF Dairy Club is the largest collegiate dairy organization in the country, and one of the largest clubs within the College of Food and Environmental Sciences on campus.

RIVER FALLS - The Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter hosted the fifth annual University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) Ag Day on Campus April 25th, 2017. With more and more students on campus removed from agriculture, students are curious to see where their food comes from.

The 2017 Ag Day on Campus theme was “Who’s Your Farmer” encouraging students to meet and get to know at least one farmer. Throughout the event, clubs on campus and agricultural business had booths set up for students to come and ask questions. The original Ag Day on Campus was rescheduled due to rain during the event but that evening, guest speaker Donna Moenning of The Center for Food Integrity gave a presentation to students.

“Agriculture is a vast industry, it’s important that consumers have a trusted farmer or agriculturalist they can turn to when see that questionable video pops up on their social media feed or they hear about a farming practice they aren’t so sure about.” said Ashley Bergsbaken, an Ag Day coordinator.

UW-River Falls Ag Day on Campus is coordinated by the Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter. Chairmen Ashley Bergsbaken and Matthew Kortbein, worked to coordinate the campus wide agricultural event, teaching students about all facets of 
Wisconsin agriculture.

A junior on campus majoring in Agriculture Marketing Communications, Bergsbaken has spent the last year planning this campus wide event, inviting day care programs, preschools and even some local high school students who were on campus came to check out the event.

Bergsbaken says that a main focus throughout the planning process was to make the event more interactive for students with fun booths, rewards and more to make a deeper impact on students at UWRF.

“During this event, it is our goal to allow students and community members to see firsthand the wide array of products and services agriculture gives to us each and every day. We hope attendees will be able to leave our event with a newfound viewpoint for the occupations in agriculture and the technology that goes into producing our food, fuel and clothing.” remarked Matthew Kortbein, an Ag Day coordinator.

Representing Block and Bridle on campus, Brooke Brantener holds a lamb that was present throughout Ag Day on Campus. Brantener is a freshman on campus, studying Animal Science with a Meat Animal Emphasis, and was just one of many student volunteers advocating for agriculture.

Kortbein is a sophomore on campus, studying Crop and Soil Science. Throughout the planning process, Kortbein worked to have booths on campus available for students to ask questions about agriculture, with nearly 30 booths participating in the event. From Dairy Club, Pre-Vet Club, Agriculture Greek Organizations and more, campus agricultural clubs were well represented to showcase their love for agriculture to students!

The UW-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter was established in April of 2012 and is associated with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin’s largest general farm organization. Farm Bureau members represent all facets of agriculture, sizes and management styles of farming. To learn more and follow along with the event for next year, visit

Students had their opportunity to learn from members in Rodeo Club on how to properly lasso and rope a calf. Clubs within the College of Food and Environmental Sciences are broad and plenty, allowing students to specialize in the facets of agriculture that they love.