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BYU-I invites community to Agricultural Day

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Agricultural Days will take place at the BYU-Idaho Fields on the Seventh South and Center Street corner 4-plex fields one and three on June 18.

William Kendell, a senior studying animal science, is one of the students in charge of Ag Days this year.

Kendell said there will be representatives from the students societies showing how foods like bread, butter and french fries are made.

He said guests will have the opportunity to milk different animals.

Kendell said students will teach about the process of split embryos and the phenomenon of identical twins.

Kendell said there will be tractors for the public to sit on.

“We want people to learn more about agriculture and the impact it has in their lives,” Kendell said.

People who work in agribusiness and are involved with agriculture in politics will be there to answer questions about their professions in the industry.

If someone wears clothes or eats food, he or she is impacted by agriculture, according to the event invitation.

“Everything that we dress in and eat was produced somewhere, so people are related to agriculture even if they do not think about it,” Kendell said. “That’s kind of our advertisement.”

Soybean oil or fat can be used to make crayons, and chalk can be made from the bones of cattle or pigs. Corn can be used to make ethanol fuel or plastic, or it can be used as an electrical conductor in batteries, according to the Wisconsin State Farmer website.

It is also used in some paper and for wallpaper glue. Beef products are used in the production of linoleum flooring and insulation. Peanut oil is used to make paints and varnishes, according to the Wisconsin State Farmer website.

“Shampoo, shoes, tires and paper are all by-products of agriculture,” according to the Standing Partnership website. “Other items include pharmaceuticals, x-ray film, heart valves, lumber, dry wall, tool handles, seat foam, adhesives, finger nail polish, and sports uniforms just to name a few.”

Kendell said the organizers of the BYU-I event want this event to attract the public, so instead of focusing on the production side like past events, this year, the event will show how agriculture is related to people’s lives.

“We want families to come,” Kendell said.

Todd Hammond, a professor in the religious department, participated in the last Agricultural Days with his family.

“We liked it all: the food, the games, the information booths,” he said. “We plan on coming again.”

Kendell said the event happens once a year in the spring, and this will be the third event. He said it started with the initiative of students who wanted to share their knowledge and show the importance of agriculture.

Shay Larsen, a BYU-I alumnus, said he was involved with the first two Agricultural Days.

“There are very few degrees that BYU-Idaho offers that would not be of use in modern agriculture,” Larsen said. “There is need for bright minds and good people in every aspect, from production in the fields, engineers of the machinery, business entrepreneurs, to market-finished products, computer guys and the list goes on and on.”

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