The 2015 Husker Food Connection is scheduled for April 16 at the North entrance of the Student Union on the UNL City Campus. In the case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled on a date to be announced.
The purpose of the event is to promote agriculture to urban students and help them understand how their food is produced. Lucas Fricke, A-FAN intern in charge of organizing the event, says this year’s event will focus on educating students about science in agriculture. Visitors will be able to learn what the term genetically modified means, which crops have modified seeds available, and the science behind the practice. Fricke added, “We hope to explain the science and build consumer trust in the science behind GMO technology.”
Over 2,000 city campus students attended the event last spring, and organizers anticipate similar participation this year, according to Fricke. This year the Collegiate Farm Bureau club will work together with the Husker Food Connection group to organize the event. About 30 East Campus students are expected to volunteer to staff exhibits, serve free lunches and have conversations about agriculture with the city students.
Fricke is working to secure sponsors who will include ag-related businesses and other student organizations. If you are interested in sponsoring the Husker Food Connection event, please contact Lukas at firstname.lastname@example.org.