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Hawkeye Community College’s Farm Plans Open House Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am to Noon

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Monday, October 08, 2012
 

WATERLOO— Hawkeye Community College is hosting an Open House with family activities on Saturday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the College’s farm located at 5503 Hammond Avenue in Waterloo. This is a great opportunity to see baby chicks, pigs, cows, and sheep; go on a hayride with a tractor that has GPS and auto steer running; participate in a scavenger hunt; and more while learning where food comes from and its importance to our local community and the state.

Agriculture plays an important role in our local and state economy with more than $23 billion from farm commodities in 2010. Ag exports accounted for $9.5 billion with Canada and Mexico forerunners in the purchase of Iowa goods.

Over the last 25 years, the face of agriculture changed considerably with the advancement of research and the technology used on farms. The combination of land values and these advancements have made farming a big business investment.

Additionally, we have also seen a steady decline in the number of family farms with an increase of large corporate farms able to capitalize on large scale efficiencies. At the same time, the family farmer has steadily become older.

The result today is that many of us do not have a connection to the farm. Growing up prior to the 1980s kids could visit their uncle, grandfather, cousin, or a family friend’s farm. These visits allowed our youth to understand where food comes from – not the local grocery store or McDonalds.

Hawkeye’s farm and agriculture programs work throughout the year to increase awareness about agriculture - and its importance. They have kiddie tours in the fall, host community events, make presentations to groups, as well as participate in state and national FFA, help with local 4H programs, and Boy Scouts.

Hawkeye's farm lab is a working farm operation and is a mobile classroom for their Ag-Business Management and Animal Science programs. If you would like more information about the Open House, call Hawkeye’s Agriculture program at 319-296-2329, ext. 1084 or visit the college website at www.hawkeyecollege.edu.