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Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Husker Food Connection Connects Urban Students to Rural, Food Roots

April 29, 2014Farmers and Ranchers, Food, General Ag

The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) is dedicated to bridging the gap between the farm and dinner tables everywhere. A-FAN collaborated with  agriculture-related student organizations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to host the third annual, Husker Food Connection event on Thursday, April 23.

(Right) -- University students posed with the Dairy cow for photos.

(Left) -– The food line at Husker Food Connection was a busy place. Students and faculty enjoyed the beef, pork and turkey sandwiches chips and beverages.

Husker Food Connection helps urban students better understand where their food comes from. The theme of the Husker Food Connection was, “Meating in the Middle.”

Participants learned about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture in Nebraska while engaging in several activities. Students received a free lunch featuring beef,  pork and turkey sandwiches, corn chips and beverages including milk from Prairieland Dairy – all products raised and made right here in Nebraska. During the event, approximately 2,000 lunches were served. The first 1,500 students to attend the event also received free t-shirts.

Numerous students were eager to take a closer look at the feeder pigs chicken, dairy cow and seven day old Holstein calf. For many of them, this was their first experience with farm animals. One student commented “If it weren’t for Husker Food Connection, I would have never touched or met a pig.” Many students took selfie photos with both the dairy cow and the calf. A student from California said, “My friends back home have to see this.” Other attractions included the UNL Mobile Beef lab, which allows students to learn about the beef animal’s four-part stomach. The Nebraska Wheat mobile baking lab was located near the serving line and provided chocolate chip cookies for students to enjoy.

(Right) -- Ben Trampe, student volunteer answers questions from students about raising pigs.

(Left) -– Adam Vetter, student volunteer introduces students to a laying hen.

Over 50 students volunteered at the April 23 event promoting agriculture on UNL’s City Campus.

The success of the event would not have been possible without the support of the Nebraska’s agriculture industry. Thirty-one agriculture organizations, groups and businesses contributed to support the event. Find a full list of sponsors and contributors at becomeafan.org.

Willow Holoubek, Organizational Director of A-FAN said, “We were thrilled with the number of questions the students asked and the passion of the student volunteers to answer those questions and spend time with the students who have not been exposed to tractors, and farm animals.” Lukas Fricke, A-FAN intern who lead the team of students who organized the event said, “I was amazed at the amount social media hits the event achieved, our fellow students were eager to share their experiences with their friends. This event is all about sharing what we know about how your food is grown and helping others understand that their food is wholesome and grown with care.”