Press Release: A Record Number of Students Celebrate Ag Day 2023 at Discovery Park of America
March 30, 2023
(Union City, Tennessee – March 30, 2023) On Thursday, March 30, 2023, Discovery Park of America welcomed a record-breaking number of students to the museum’s National Ag Day celebration. More than 2,000 students experienced a day full of events and activities that focused on the impact of agriculture in today’s economy.
Students from the University of Tennessee at Martin Agriculture Education Department gave interactive presentations on such topics as soil science, butter making, hydroponics and career opportunities in agriculture. Jarrod Jordan, director of customer success at VEEO LLC, an expert working in the energy savings sector, spoke on “Planting the Seeds of Success: An In-depth Look at the Agriculture Industry.” Jordan has spent most of his 20+ years in the agriculture industry focused on equipment technology designed to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Guests were also able to explore Discovery Park’s newest permanent exhibit, “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival” in the museum’s Simmons Bank Ag Center where members of the UT Martin Beta Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha read agriculture-based stories on the Nutrien Ag Solutions Main Stage.
“We are thrilled to celebrate National Ag Day at Discovery Park of America,” said Emalee Buttrey, Ph.D., Discovery Park’s director of education. “This event is a great opportunity for our visitors to learn about the important role of agriculture in our daily lives and to gain a deeper appreciation for the hard work and dedication of those in the industry.”
Guests also networked with 25 different agriculture vendors and organizations. Visitors included members of the National Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society, which comprises a select number of top-performing agriculture students who travel the country promoting and recognizing high standards of scholarship, leadership and character among agriculture students.
View photos from the event here.
Begun in 1973, National Ag Day is held by The Agriculture Council of America and is an event dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in society.