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Ag Adventure program offered at Four States Ag Expo


Colorado State University will bring the popular "Ag Adventure" program to the Four States Ag Expo March 17 to 20 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez, Colo. The Ag Adventure offers linked exhibits that highlight elements of regional food and fiber production and demonstrate how agriculture touches everyone. Developed by the CSU Department of Ag Sciences and presented to more than 70,000 visitors at the National Western Stock Show, this is the first time the CSU Ag Adventure has been available to visitors in the Four Corners area.

The Ag Adventure offers plenty of interaction with livestock and food fundamentals, and also presents the geography of agriculture, historic aspects of farming, heritage plants and animals, innovations in twenty-first century agriculture, and more. Like every classic adventure, this one is a bundled experience of learning and fun.

The Ag Adventure follows two formats. On March 17, the Ag Adventure welcomes fourth and fifth grade students from three Durango (District 9-R) elementary schools; March 18 will see students from the Kemper Elementary (Cortez) after-school program as well as students participating independently. The March 17 and 18 programs follow a sequence of teaching modules prepared according to Colorado standards. Parents who would like to reserve a spot March 18 for their fourth and fifth grade children are invited to register at 970-247-0097 or info@fourstatesagexpo.com; students should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. either day. On March 19 and 20, visitors of all ages will enjoy a self-guided tour of the program.

Colorado State University is helped in this program by regional commodity providers and by students at Fort Lewis College and various local high schools. Crow Canyon Archeological Center is providing housing assistance for the traveling Ag Adventure team.

The diversity in our regional agriculture is eye-opening. From legacy foods like Anasazi beans and ancient fruit strains to historic churro sheep, the region is rich with tradition. And modern farmers and ranchers are embracing new ways to increase productivity while remaining wise stewards of the land. The CSU Ag Adventure at the Four States Ag Expo welcomes everyone to come and experience the thriving agricultural resources our four states.

For more information, visit www.FourStatesAgExpo.com or call 970-247-0097.

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