The agencies of Texas A&M AgriLife will converge at the State Fair of Texas through October with live demonstrations and teaching installations on food production systems, natural resource conservation, nutritious eating and youth education for healthier Texans, organizers said.
“A statewide event like this allows us to reach thousands of Texans at once with information that benefits our health, wellbeing and development,” said Paula Butler, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional program leader in Dallas.
AgriLife Extension’s presence at the 24-day fair includes healthy cooking demonstrations, a permanent exhibit on food’s agricultural path to the plate and 12 days of hands-on learning for third and fourth grade students about how agriculture affects daily living and health.
Also stationed at Fair Park throughout the fair will be the Texas A&M AgriLife water education display by the Dallas-based Water University program.
Meanwhile, Texas 4-H, administered by AgriLife Extension, will conduct the state fair’s official agricultural youth challenges. They include an agriculture robotics challenge, state and national food competitions, the 4-H Texas Style Food Showdown and a public speaking contest.
Rounding out AgriLife’s State Fair presence is the Texas A&M Forest Service with a schedule of presentations running from late September through the end of the fair. They include live presentations on the importance of conserving tree populations, fire prevention and fighting woodland fires. A seedling giveaway and photo opportunities with Smokey Bear will also take place.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.