One of the hottest topics around these days is the world population reaching 9 billion by the year 2050. I don’t know about you but I get really overwhelmed when there are more than 150 people in my lecture classes. How are we going to feed 9 billion people? Kansas State University is one of the country’s leading schools working to make this a reality. The K-State College of Agriculture is currently working on research to find ways to create support this many people. No one should be surprised though, those involved in agriculture have always been known accept any challenges they face.
Ag Fest is a weeklong event put on by Ag Council and different organizations within the college to spread agriculture awareness and to celebrate those in the industry. This is great way to reach out to the entire campus and community and get them involved in an industry that provides so much for them. This year, March 24-28 has been designated as Ag Fest Week with the theme “9B by 2050: Challenge Accepted”. There are many events for students to get involved with including Sigma Alpha’s dodgeball tournament benefitting the Susan G. Komen Fund, Hunger Games competition testing a team’s skill in various agriculture-related judging events, and fundraisers at Purple Swirl and Cox Brothers BBQ benefiting a local charity, Harvester’s Community Food Network. The week will finish with a banquet and a concert at the Wareham featuring Reckless Kelly.
I encourage everyone who is Manhattan to get involved with this great event. Whether it’s participating in dodgeball, attending workshops at the Manhattan Public Library, or grabbing some froyo at Purple Swirl, you can make a difference. Agriculturalists have never shied away from a challenge; contribute in any way you can. I’ve attached a full list of the week’s events or you can “like” Ag Fest’s page on Facebook by typing in “Ag Fest March 25th-28th”. Months of planning from Ag Council, including yours truly, has gone into making this the best Ag Fest week yet. I hope to see many familiar faces!