Tulare, Calif. – The International Agri-Center® (IAC) is set to host the sixth annual AgVentures!® Day on Friday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the east end of the show grounds. The educational event is for 4th grade students from Tulare and Visalia City Schools. Approximately 1,400 students will have the opportunity to explore farming, food, and fun, through presentations aimed at teaching them about agriculture and nutrition. Hands-on activities will encourage students to engage with local food producers and learn more about Tulare County agriculture.
Students will observe demonstrations on various topics, including the Tulare County Sheriff’s Ag Crime Unit, Mobile Dairy Council, and an electrical demonstration by Southern California Edison. Students will also have the opportunity learn about healthy food choices and sample California grown products from many local companies, including Musco Olives, National Raisin Company, Sun-Maid Raisin, and Rosa Brothers Milk Company.
“The mission of the International Agri-Center is fulfilled through AgVentures! Day. We dedicate ourselves to educating children about the vital role agriculture plays in their daily lives,” said Kerissa Chapman, IAC’s Ag Education Manager. “We see the importance of starting that process close to home, so our local children see the impact of this industry—from a future career perspective, as well as gaining an appreciation of the prevalence of healthy foods and resources we provide for the world.”
Alongside IAC, AgVentures!® Day is supported in part by the University of California Cooperative Extension, the Tulare County Farm Bureau, and Farm Credit West. Class groups will be led by VTEC High School students and the event will be staffed by International Agri-Center® volunteers and staff.
The event is made available to 4th grade teachers and students at local schools by invitation only and benefits from the expertise of local ag professionals. Media outlets are encouraged to attend to help focus attention on the importance of agriculture in everyday life.
For more information, please contact Kerissa Chapman, Ag Education Manager, at Kerissa@farmshow.org or 559.688.1030. International Agri-Center® is located at 4500 S. Laspina St. in Tulare, CA.
The International Agri-Center® is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to agricultural education and awareness. In February, it hosts the World Ag Expo®, and in April, it holds the California Antique Farm Equipment Show®. The International Agri-Center® is also home to the AgVentures!® Learning Center and Antique TractorMuseum.