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Photos by Isaiah Bell, Monica Moriak and Katie Young | Video by AJ Rubinetti

UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites local community to annual showcase on April 29

Editor's note: Ag Day will proceed as planned on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Please dress accordingly for the weather, as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosts Newark and the UD communities for this signature event.

Spring is in full swing, which means it’s almost time for University of Delaware Ag Day, one of UD’s most popular community events. On Saturday, Apr. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) hosts its signature annual event at Townsend Hall (531 South College Avenue) in Newark. Both admission and parking are free; the event is open to the public and the UD community. The rain date is Sunday, Apr. 30.

Led by CANR students, the event brings together both community and collegiate organizations to show off agriculture and natural resources and educate the public through numerous demonstrations, events and attractions. Whether you’re an avid gardener or agricultural newbie, the event has something for everyone — activities, food, entertainment, animals, plant sales, educational exhibits and the famous UDairy Creamery ice cream. 

The UD Botanic Gardens expects a full house for its popular spring plant sale. This year’s featured plant genera are edible woody plants and phlox; see the 2023 spring plant catalog for more information.

For the Ag Day 2023 theme, UD students chose “Ag Around the Corner” to spotlight local farms and wildlife.
For the Ag Day 2023 theme, UD students chose “Ag Around the Corner” to spotlight local farms and wildlife.

Back as always is the ever-popular Animal Science tent, led by the Animal Science Club and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Located in the large lawn area in front of Townsend Hall, the exhibit features sheep, a cow and calf, a stuffed animal pet hospital and much more. Nearby is a stage where demonstrations include sheep shearing, a dairy calf showing and presentations by student organizations that raise service dogs. 

On the south side of Worrilow Hall, UD alumnus Phung Luu of Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections gives his very interactive educational presentation and bird flight demonstration. 

UD Cooperative Extension, the outreach arm of a land-grant institution like UD, boasts exhibits all over the Ag Day map, including 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalist and Family and Consumer Science programs. 

While admittance into Ag Day is free, the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics will pay attendees in cash for participating in research on the ground floor of Townsend Hall. Participants can receive up to $45 and ice cream coupon upon completion.

Farmers, home gardeners, landscapers and anyone involved in land management, nutrient management, and other associated activities can glean knowledge from the UD Soil Testing Program.

The UD Botanic Gardens will offer its spring plant sale to the general public.
The UD Botanic Gardens will offer its spring plant sale to the general public.

The title sponsor of University of Delaware Ag Day is FMC, a leading agricultural sciences company that employs many Blue Hen alumni. The FMC tent, which debuted in 2022, was bursting with exhibits. This year’s tent will include displays of insects around the world, formulations solutions for farmers, fun with fungus, green agricultural initiatives and hydroponics with Odyssey Charter School, among other attractions.

Agriculture and natural resources students chose “Ag Around the Corner” as their 2023 theme. The goal is to put the spotlight on local farms and wildlife with a special focus on opportunities for young people to engage and participate in the future of agriculture and natural resources. 

“Ag Day gives people the opportunity to meet the people behind local farms and learn more about how they can support them so that they can continue to provide for the community,” said Zarina Ray, a UD Class of 2024 pre-veterinary medicine major. “A strong community support system allows these farms to thrive and succeed.” 

Ag Day is chock full of other UD student organizations, including the Entomology Club, Hydroponics Club, Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Zeta and Food Recovery Network. 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.

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.

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