Lincoln, Neb., April 2, 2018– The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) and numerous agricultural clubs on East Campus have teamed up to re-establish an event that began seven years ago. Husker Food Connection helps students gain a better knowledge of agriculture within the state of Nebraska.
“Husker Food Connection’s purpose is to engage university students about where their food comes from and how it is produced,” said David Schuler, President of the UNL Collegiate Farm Bureau Club. “Anyone from the public is welcome to come and take part in the celebration of our industry.” Schuler is a senior Animal Science major from Bridgeport, Nebraska.
The event will feature a free lunch catered by Skeeter Barnes, farm equipment displays and an opportunity to interact with farm animals at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln City Campus Union Plaza.
The 2018 Husker Food Connection theme is “Connecting with Consumers.” HFC organizers want to answer questions and share personal experiences from production agriculture by engaging in one on one conversations. Students and faculty are encouraged to take part in the interactive event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.
“Living in an agricultural state, like Nebraska, and recognizing that only 2 percent of the population comes from a farm, and two to three generations removed, linking producers and consumers is an important task for the future of the agriculture industry,” said Schuler.
Student organizers include representatives from campus groups such as Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Sigma Alpha, Block and Bridle, Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Club, Rodeo Club and the Tractor Restoration Club. The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) is a nonprofit organization formed by leading agricultural membership groups in Nebraska. The AFAN mission is to encourage the development of environmentally responsible and economically viable livestock production in the state.