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HungerU Heads to Ag Day

March 8, 2014
By: Guest Editor, Top Producer
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Interactive tour will roll into Washington, D.C. 

The upcoming National Ag Day celebration on March 25 in Washington, D.C., will provide a high-profile venue for the Spring 2014 HungerU Tour. The tour stop is part of the Farm Journal Foundation’s formal sponsorship of Ag Day.

The tour is the flagship education and advocacy effort of the Foundation’s anti-hunger platform, Farmers Feeding the World. During the Ag Day events, the Foundation will also kick off its Farm Team program.   

The theme of this year’s activities, "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed," provides the perfect backdrop for bringing the HungerU Tour to the Beltway. The traveling
exhibit engages university students nationwide in a conversation about world hunger, raises awareness of this crisis and highlights the contributions that agriculture makes in fighting hunger. The hosts use interactive materials and educational games to create a fun, engaging atmosphere of critical thinking and dialogue about the global hunger crisis and drive students to take action.

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In addition to National Ag Day, the Spring 2014 HungerU Tour will make 16 stops at campuses such as George Washington University, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, Tuskegee University and more.


Visitors are given the opportunity to join the thousands who comprise the cutting-edge national advocacy network so they can stay informed about hunger issues and take action to fight global hunger. Supported by DuPont Crop Protection, SFP and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, HungerU has traveled to 32 colleges and universities since the innovative awareness campaign launched in fall 2012. This semester, the tour is scheduled to visit 15 universities, as well as National Ag Day. For more information, visit www.HungerU.com.

During the Ag Day celebration, the Foundation will also launch its new Farm Team program, an education and advocacy outreach effort that empow­ers farmers who are passionate about fighting world hunger to engage with their representatives in Washington, D.C. The team unites farmer voices in a rally cry against hunger to raise political awareness about global hunger and agriculture’s response while inspiring continued U.S. leadership on these issues.

Focused on increasing public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in society, the Ag Day celebration includes events and activities that engage the general public, policymakers, mainstream media, universities, youth and the business community in programs that help them understand and connect with agricultural production.

At this year’s Ag Day, hosted by the American Agricultural Council, attendees will learn about the history of U.S. agriculture and take a glimpse toward the future.

However, Ag Day doesn’t just take place in Washington, D.C. Give some thought to what you can do in your local community to celebrate agriculture and share what you do with your non-farming neighbors this month. Ideas and resources to get you started are available at the celebration’s website, www.AgDay.org

For more information about the Spring 2014 HungerU Tour, including a full schedule of stops, visit
www.HungerU.com

You can email Garrett Jewett at gjewett@farmjournalfoundation.org.

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - March 2014
RELATED TOPICS: Issues, HungerU

 
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