Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: January 5, 2015
Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab Appearance Highlights Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Activities at Farm Show
(Camp Hill) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) will host a variety of events, including tours and activities involving a new Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab, during the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show from January 10-17 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
“Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members are thrilled to be bringing a Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab to the Farm Show for the very first time. The lab offers visitors visual displays and other information on numerous facets of agriculture, including food production, animal care, environmental practices and much more,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Farm Show visitors will be able to walk through the Ag Lab and participate in a scavenger hunt focusing on agriculture careers.”
The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab program, which is administered by PFB’s non-profit Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, consists of six mobile labs that visits schools across the Commonwealth. Ag Lab teachers provide hands-on experiments (geared toward Kindergarten through eighth grade students) that are not only interactive and fun, but also help schools meet state standards for science, technology, environmental and ecology classes. The Ag Lab will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
“More than 100,000 students participated in Ag Lab experiments over the past school year and thanks to the generous support of Farm Bureau members, we were able to buy a new Ag Lab to replace one that served schools for a decade,” added Ebert.
Visitors to the Farm Show can stop by PFB’s exhibit area, where information will be available on Farm Bureau programs and services, along with several interactive activities. For example, young visitors will be able to participate in a fun game that will teach them about the pollination of crops, honey bees and honey production in Pennsylvania. All children who take part in the exercise will receive a honey bee visor (while supplies last).
Background information on current issues impacting Pennsylvania agriculture will also be available at PFB’s Farm Show location, along with representatives of Farm Bureau’s Government Affairs and Communications Division, Member Services, MSC Business Services and Health Services. PFB’s exhibit area is located in the Weis Exposition Hall near the main Food Court.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 60,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across the state.