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October 2, 2012

U of A faculty to host Moms on the Farm tour

Parsons, Kansas — A group of female faculty and staff across the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and others involved with agriculture will host the first annual “Moms on the Farm” tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

The tour will include visits to a beef and dairy farm and cooking demonstrations by the Arkansas Cattlewomen. The tour begins at the Pauline Whitaker Arena (1335 W. Knapp St.) off Garland Avenue, approximately two miles north of the University of Arkansas campus. Participants will be transported by bus to tour locations.

The Moms on the Farm tour is free but seats are limited. Non-farm moms planning to attend the event are registered on a first-come first-served basis.

The goal of the tour is to help mothers understand more about agricultural production, food safety and nutrition and experience Northwest Arkansas agriculture first-hand. “We are really excited to share agriculture with the women of Northwest Arkansas,” said Janeal Yancey, event organizer and UA meat scientist.

The beef and dairy farm tours will highlight production agriculture and provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions about farm life, local food, animal care, antibiotic and hormone use, animal food products, and dietary concerns. “We toured the dairy farm this week and the ladies will have a great opportunity to visit with a wonderful local dairy mom and hear about her everyday life,” said Yancey.

The Arkansas Cattlewomen will conclude the tour with beef and dairy food cooking demonstrations. “Typically, people feel more knowledgeable about doing their taxes than about making healthy food decisions for their families,” said Yancey. “The cooking demonstrations will provide an opportunity for moms to ask health-oriented questions, and the tours will help them better understand where their food comes from.”

For more information or to register, contact Janeal Yancey at (479) 575-4115 or jws09@uark.edu. Additional information about the Moms on the Farm tour can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/MomsOnTheFarmTour.£

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