he annual Ag Days event was held June 18th this year. Ag Days is unique in that the whole event is planned, set up, and ran by students. The purpose of Ag Days is to inform and educate more people, specifically college students, about the how they are impacted by agriculture— from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. The event also serves as a great recruiting tool to encourage more students to major in the field of plant science.
There was a great turnout this year— 2200+ people came to ride the tractor up the hill, see the animals and farm machinery, milk a cow, munch on ice cream, pancakes, french fries, and grapes, sow a few seeds, and learn a thing or two about the big world of agriculture. The planning committee did a great job this year as the day went smoothly and everything was set up on time.
The Horticulture Department had a booth set up where attendees could come enjoy flowers and sow some seeds in a mini pot to take home. We were busy the entire day talking about what we do in the horticulture program while helping students and families pick seeds to plant.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.