Ag Day at UD: youtube.com/watch?v=SxexQGbVgPg
Ag Day returns
Photos by Monica Moriak | Illustration by Jeffrey Chase | Video by JT Maher April 22, 2022
Community invited to agriculture and natural resources showcase on April 30
The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will host its signature community event — Ag Day — on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Townsend Hall on UD’s South Campus in Newark.
Townsend Hall is located at 531 South College Avenue in Newark, just north of Delaware Stadium. Admission and parking are free; the event is open to the public and the UD community. The rain date is Sunday, May 1.
As a student-run event for the community, Ag Day will have both community and collegiate organizations on hand to show off agriculture and natural resources, as well as educate the public through numerous demonstrations, events, food and attractions. The event has something for everyone — activities, entertainment, animals, plant sales, educational exhibits, entertainment and the famous UDairy Creamery ice cream.
The Animal Science tent always ranks among attendees’ favorite spots. In the large lawn area in front of Townsend Hall, exhibits include a sheep, cows and a stuffed animal pet hospital; demonstrations include sheep shearing and dairy cow milking. Another Ag Day favorite is UD alumnus Phung Luu and Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections. The wildlife ecology and conservation graduate performs a bird flight demonstration. UD Cooperative Extension will have exhibits all over the Ag Day map, including 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalist and Family and Consumer Science programs.
The title sponsor of the University of Delaware’s 2022 Ag Day is FMC, a leading agricultural sciences company that employs many Blue Hen alumni. The FMC tent will include a hands-on insect display, an interactive farm stand and information on FMC’s employee and community engagement programs.
The UD students chose “Commit to Conservation” as the 2022 theme — a promise to protect natural resources, habitats and wildlife while seeking sustainable food sources and agricultural practices. Kids can take part in a conservation scavenger hunt for sustainability-related prizes.
“In a world that is quickly changing, it is paramount more than ever to conserve our wildlife for our current and future generations so that they may live in a more stable, and therefore safe, environment with as much biodiversity as possible,” said Kenneth Geisert, a UD Class of 2024 insect ecology and conservation, and wildlife ecology and conservation double major.
At Ag Day, Geisert and the UD Entomology Club exhibit will display its insect zoo — some of which can be held — along with some fun facts, informative posters and insect-themed decorations. Ag Day is chock full of other UD student organizations, including the Philadelphia Flower Show Club, Puppy Raisers, Food Science Club, Wildlife Society, Coastal Resilience Design Studio and Animal Science Club. Many of the student groups use Ag Day to fundraise for their clubs. Any UD students seeking service hours may volunteer for the event via the Ag Day volunteer interest form.
The UD Botanic Gardens will offer its spring plant sale to the general public. This year’s featured plant genera are Clethra and Heuchera; see the 2022 spring plant catalog for more information.
The UD Soil Testing Program will showcase its expertise for farmers, home gardeners, landscapers and others involved in land management, nutrient management, and other associated activities.
The Center for Experimental and Applied Economics will give the public an opportunity to participate in food consumer research studies.
Please note that, for the safety of visitors and animal exhibits, pets are not permitted.
Visit the Ag Day webpage to learn more about the event and see a full list of exhibitors and demonstrations.