Micki Zartman Scarlet & Gray Ag Day (SGAD), a one day educational activity on the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) campus at The Ohio State University, took place on Friday.
This educational outreach event of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences was planned and coordinated by a committee of OSU students.
About 400 Columbus area fourth and fifth grade students traveled to campus to spend the day attending sessions in tents, arenas, and classrooms. Escorted by OSU student guides, the children learned all about the world of agriculture through hands-on laboratory activities.
The laboratory sessions were presented by OSU faculty and staff, including professors, graduate students, and student organizations. Additionally, agricultural commodity organizations assisted as SGAD presenters
This year’s theme for the 15th annual SGAD was AgROUND the World. This theme was selected because agriculture is the underlying solution to many of the world’s dilemmas. Agriculture will be the solution to alleviating world hunger, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, improving the environment and curing diseases. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, agriculture will play a vital in insuring that food is available to feed all of these hungry mouths. By experiencing agriculture around the world, students realized how much of a role agriculture plays in their lives and the lives of the global population.
Dale Minyo from The Ohio Ag Net did Friday’s Midday broadcast from Scarlet and Gray Ag Day and talked to the event’s namesake, Micki Zartman.