On March 6, 2013, more than 1,000 students from across Texas flocked to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to participate in Ag4U Day, which raises agricultural awareness and encourages advocacy by motivating students to make a difference in their personal lives and their communities. The focus of the 2013 Ag4U Day was hunger. Participants learned how to play a role in solving the hunger crisis, which affects millions of people across Texas and the United States.
The State FFA Officers had the opportunity to participate as Ag4U Day Ambassadors and assist in each aspect of the day.
Throughout the day, participants rotated through a variety of activities including breakout sessions and a college and career fair.
Barrett Kenne, doctoral candidate from Cornell University who spent the fall walking across America to bring awareness to the Global Orphan Project, and Caroline Black, Texas A&M University graduate student and a member of the Farmers Fight Agricultural Advocacy group, introduced the hunger topic to Ag4U Day participants.
The breakout sessions focused on food safety and allowed students to participate in a hunger banquet where they gained firsthand experience about the seriousness of the hunger issue.
Participants also rotated through a college and career fair, which afforded them the opportunity to meet representatives from Texas colleges, universities, trade schools and businesses.
During the day’s activities, the students also explored Reliant Park and used their cell phones to follow clues and uncover unique facts that lead to the hunger challenge, bringing students and industry leaders together to discuss ways to combat hunger in local communities.