It is no surprise that one of humankind's oldest traditions -- eating -- is impacted by agriculture.
The 170 individuals who attended the Ag Day Dinner took a close look at how agriculture impacts a family's diet by a presentation called "Hungry Planet -- What the World Eats," delivered by Jenna Smith, Extension Educator-ANR & CED. During the presentation, participants looked at what a family would eat during one week in Bhutan, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala and Japan. Some of the surprising facts individuals learned were:
* Residents of Bhutan eat almost 70 pounds of rice per week,
* Families in Ecuador eat about 100 pounds of white potatoes per week, and
* Bananas are consumed as a dessert in Guatemala.
The Ag Day Dinner was sponsored by First Financial Bank. The meal was prepared by the Clay County Cattlemen's Association.
During the course of the evening, participants were entertained by Co-Masters of Ceremonies Tammy Steiner (Extension Educator-4-H, Youth Development) and Jenna Smith (Extension Educator-ANR & CED). To cap off the evening, the Clay County FFA announced the highest bidders for the various agricultural supplies that had been donated for their auction.
If you think you would enjoy a great evening learning about agriculture, then try to attend next year's Ag Day Dinner, which will be in March. The Ag Day Dinner takes place as a way for local residents to celebrate the hard work and dedication given by everyone who works in the agricultural field. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.