Category Archives: Ag Events


So there’s this pair of boots… Aaanndddd they’re gorgeous. My fellow blogger The Farmers Trophy Wife is giving a pair of Shyanne boots from Boot Barn away and I would LOVE to be the proud owner of these magnificent boots. I don’t know if it will help me but can you vote for me on her blog? Or at least check it out? She’s a great blogger by the way and posts super cute outfits!

Plus you better believe that I will blog about my adventures with the boots so be sure to check back!

The Farmer's Trophy Wife

Don’t I know it!?!

Ok, here’s the deal, BootBarn contacted me eons ago, they wanted to send me some boots (!!) in exchange for an honest review on my blog.

Free boots? AND they ship to Canada?!?!?!

I’m in!

AND they sent a pair along for my husband!

I was liking Boot Barn more and more all the time!!

The boots arrived here via UPS (it was fun having them attempt to find the farm!) and I pulled them out of the box. The leather smell was devine…even my kids noticed and commented! I picked the red ones, because for one, I don’t own a red pair, and two, never in a thousand years would I go out and BUY red, but free?! Sign me up!! And to be honest, they aren’t so much RED as a soft cranberry or super dark pink. And I like that. Based on the website…

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Hey Everyone! How does FREE food, FREE beer and FREE tickets to the Indy Indians baseball game tonight sound for a great Monday night activity?

Indiana Soybean Alliance is hosting a night at the Indians game TONIGHT for bloggers around the state and I have your chance to join us! I know it’s a little short notice, but it will be a great time!

The tickets are coming to you thanks to Indiana Family of Farmers so thanks to them for sharing such a great opportunity! You don’t have to be a blogger to attend, but you do have to show some social media love!


If you’re selected as the winner you will receive 2 FREE TICKETS to tonight’s Indianapolis Indians baseball game, wrist bands to the Coors Light Corner with free beer and food in the picnic area and… (the best of all) the chance to hang out with me and a great group of people!


  1. “Like” this blog!
  2. Re-post this blog on your Facebook or Twitter page  with the phrase:

“I want to go to the @indyindians game TONIGHT with @Chelsea_PA and @INSoybean Alliance! – via”

and leave the link to the post in a comment below along with your email so I can contact you if you are the winner. (I will not use email addresses for any other reason).

I will select the winner via and announce it in another blog post, on my Facebook page, and my Twitter page at 5 P.M. today!

So HURRY HURRY HURRY and get your entries in!

I will put your tickets and wrist bands to the Coors Light Corner (picnic area) at will call, and they will be available for you there. As a reminder, we do have the picnic area reserved, and you are welcome to come in.  However, don’t feel obligated.  There will be free keg beer and food in the picnic area.

GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to hang out with you guys tonight at the game!

Better Late Than Never – Domino’s Ag Pizza Party

So I was a little late on this but I finally had my Domino’s Ag Pizza Party the other night!

In case you didn’t hear about this, the HSUS recently proposed that Domino’s stop using meat from pigs that are raised in gestation crates as some of the other restaurants have done, but Domino’s rejected their proposal because they want to rely on animal experts to determine the best way to raise an animal, not extremist animal rights groups.

According to Domino’s, “The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians have published statements indicating there are advantages and disadvantages to both cage-free and caged pork production methods. We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food.”

“It’s important to show our consumers that we care about animal welfare,” said Mike Davelaar, salesman for Quality Liquid Feeds, Brandon, SD. “Domino’s is taking the time to check with industry experts to make sure that what they are being asked to do is in the best interests of the livestock that we care for. I hope this campaign shows other companies and consumers that doing the right thing is just that – doing the right thing. They deserve to be recognized for making actual animal welfare the priority.”

So in order to support Domino’s and show our appreciation to them for standing up to HSUS and trusting the agricultural industry, the industry got together to throw them an Ag Pizza Party!

On the weekend of May 19th members of the agricultural industry and community bought Domino’s pizzas and brought them a thank you note to show their appreciation.

The event was on Facebook and they had over 2,000 people attend! They also posted this note on the event wall to explain the purpose of the event.

Note: This event is to advocate to allow experts in animal behavior and care to do proper research to ensure any changes made to the way animals are cared for are to help the animals’ well-being and not decrease the level of care they receive. We thank Domino’s for standing up for these experts. Any posts that are off topic, attacking individuals and companies or show gruesome visuals of animal abuse (crush videos) will be deleted and the user posting will be banned. If you would like to post or discuss other information please feel free to at our page The Truth About Agriculture.

So on Tuesday I enjoyed MY Domino’s Ag Pizza Party to support this cause as well.

And it was delicious! 🙂

Did any of you have or attend an Ag Pizza Party for Domino’s? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy Friday! Thanks to everyone who supports farmers and ranchers!!

Purdue Milk Monday

Purdue Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Dairy Club held an event for Grand Alternative on Purdue’s campus. Here is a first hand account of the event through pictures. Check it out!

Milking a Cow at Spring Fest

Crickets, Cows, and Community Fun!

Can you guess what this weekend is? Well if the big yellow and white tents don’t give it away, the bug flags hanging off of Smith Hall should.  That’s right! It’s time for the annual Spring Fest event!

This year Spring Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.

Spring Fest is a fun event that all of us “South of State Streeters” always look forward to each spring.  The College of Ag is very proud to present our unique activities and teach the visitors something new about agriculture.

But even though many of the activities are centered on agriculture, this really is an even t for the whole campus to get involved. We have several other schools participating as well. Some of these include: College of Health and Human Sciences; College of Education; Krannert School of Management; College of Liberal Arts; College of Pharmacy; College of Science and the College of Technology.

Spring Fest Coordinator Danica Kirkpatrick mentioned in a Purdue News Service Press release that Spring Fest is an event for families to visit campus and enjoy educational activities from more than 30 colleges, departments and units at Purdue.

“We have something for every age, including toddlers, students considering where to attend college, and the parents and grandparents of them all,”said Kirkpatrick.

This year at Spring Fest we are very excited to be introducing some new events to the program. The News Service also introduced some of those in their press release, and I wanted to make sure to pass them along to you so you don’t miss all the fun this weekend!

New Events at Spring Fest:

1.     “Sidewinder”

  • This sculpture is a collaboration between the College of Agriculture’s Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture and the College of Liberal Arts’ Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual Arts.
  • Visitors to “Sidewinder” can take guided tours of the walk-through sculpture. Children can also try willow-weaving at stations staffed by students who helped with its construction.

2.    “The Insecta Class Yearbook”

  • Student actors under the direction of Tom Turpin, professor of entomology, will help audiences better understand the classification of insects and their differing roles in nature.
  • Performances will take place in Lilly Hall, Room 1-104, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days.

3.   “Over-the-Counter Medication Jeopardy”

  • The College of Pharmacy joins the Spring Fest lineup. Among its activities is the game show at 2 p.m. April 9 in the Pharmacy Building.

4.    Puppet Show to Discourage Bullying

  • This will be part of the School of Nursing’s Health Fair. It will be presented each day at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at the school’s tent.


I am really looking forward to checking these out when I’m at Spring Fest this weekend, even though I will be a pretty busy bee myself.

One thing I also wanted to mention was that if you come out, you should make sure to stop by the ACT (Ag Communicators of Tomorrow) booth to get your Official Spring Fest T-shit!

We will be selling those along with Purdue Agriculture playing cards and giving out free temporary tattoos!

This is one of our major fundraiser events for the year so I encourage everyone to come out and help support our club and the other College of Ag student organizations!

If you’d like to know more about Spring Fest, you can visit their website and check out this YouTube video as well.

Hope to see everyone this weekend! And side note: I’d bring your umbrella just in case—it always seems to rain at least one day of Spring Fest, but we will be there rain or shine!

Tot’s Day- Wednesday!

Last week I ended my posts with telling you guys about the Tippecanoe County Ag Days which was all about showing kids about the different aspects of agriculture. Well, this week it seems like several different ag groups on campus are focusing on the children.

To continue my current theme of teaching kids about agriculture, I wanted to highlight two exciting upcoming events this week. They are Tot’s Day from Purdue Block and Bridle and the annual Spring Fest.

For today’s post, I want to focus on Tot’s Day which will be happening on Wednesday, April 6th out at the Animal Science Research Center.

As a community service project each semester, Block and Bridle puts on this event to educate local elementary students about livestock. In the fall, Block and Bridle representatives visit local schools to put on a presentation and activities to teach the students about agriculture.

Each spring, classes are invited to come to the ASREC Facility where Block and Bridle organizes stations for students to interact with and learn about beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine, aquaculture, and poultry.

Tot’s Day is a really fun event for the kids because they get to interact first hand with real live animals. They especially love getting to pet the babies.

This year, Tot’s Day will take place from 9a.m. to 3p.m. and we are looking forward to teaching the kids some important facts about animal agriculture!

In our constant effort to connect the ag industry with the general public, we feel that it is really important to start with the children. They are the future consumers in about 15 years and it is crucial that they at least have a basic knowledge of agriculture so they can be smart consumers.

As I mentioned earlier, this is the second special event this week for local children. Be sure to check back later in the week to learn about some of the unique events that will be featured at Purdue’s Annual Spring Fest this Saturday and Sunday (April 9-10).

Tippecanoe County Ag Days

Did anyone know that we have mint in Indiana? This is not a very common crop but it is very important to a lot of people. Mint oil is in our tooth paste, chewing gum, mouthwash, ice cream flavoring, and many other goods we buy every day.

So why am I telling you about this? Because mint is part of a unique program being put on by Tippecanoe County 4-H to teach local fourth graders about agriculture.

This upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday nearly 1,000 fourth graders from local elementary schools will take a trip to the Tippecanoe County Fair Grounds to learn about things such as mint farming, corn harvesting, and tractors and farm machinery. The event covers 18 different topics and also lets the kids get some firsthand experience with livestock animals.

As part of the Purdue Collegiate Farm Bureau, I got to go along with my fellow officers to teach the kids about mint production and it was a very neat experience. We brought posters of how the mint is harvested and then let them smell pure mint oil (supervised of course since it is very strong) and then gave them a few mint treats to take home. They loved it!

Our favorite part of the day was seeing the kids get so excited about learning new things. We had a table where we sat all of the mint products you could buy from the store and let the kids smell mint at the beginning and end of the line. The funniest thing was seeing the children going down the table and even trying to smell the boxes the mint stuff was packaged in even though it didn’t smell! Haha It was so cute because they just thought it was part of what they were supposed to be smelling even thought it was just a presentation example.

This year, Ag Days will be on April 5-6th from 9-3pm at the Fair Grounds exhibit building.

Members from Collegiate Farm Bureau are so excited to have been invited back to teach this year’s fourth graders about mint production.

So if you are in the area, make sure to come out to the Tippecanoe County Fair Grounds and see all of the fun exhibits and check the mint out for yourself!

Winners Drink Milk Podcast

Indiana Family of Farmer’s Media Cow Milking Contest

♫ State Street’s Back…….Alright! ♫ (hopefully you’ll know the song I’m referencing here) ha-ha

Hey Everyone! Chelsea here, back from spring break and getting back into the swing of blogging. I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing spring break. What did you do for spring break? Did you check out any of the agritourism spots I told you about? Let me know in the comment box below!

To start off this week, I would like to share a neat event with you that happened on Monday at the Indiana State House.

As I told you earlier, this month is Ag Appreciation Month and National Ag Day was March 15th, and to celebrate this, the Indiana Family of Farmers partnered with several agricultural groups and held a Media Cow Milking Contest on the State House lawn!

Cool right? Indianapolis radio and television personalities got the chance to HAND-MILK a cow and see how much milk they could get in one minute.

Participants were:

  • Dave Smiley, Smiley Morning Show, WZPL-FM;
  • Tracy Forner, WISH-TV’s Indy Style;
  • Kjerstin Ramsing, Fox 59’s Morning Show;
  • John Stehr, WTHR; and Andi Hauser, WISH-TV’s Indy Style.

One other neat component to this contest was that Stella, the cow, was actually provided by the Purdue Dairy Club here on campus! A few club members also got to go along and help. I thought it was really great that Purdue got to be a part of this unique event!

Indiana State Fair Queen Sara Lynn Alford (second from left) and Johnson County dairyman Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (far right) were also at the event and served as moderator and time keeper.

The winner was Tracy Forner from WISH-TV’s Indy Style. He managed to squeeze out 100 mm of milk during his allotted 1 minute of milking.

The Indiana Family of Farmers have a blog and the ISDA has a video from the event on their Facebook Page and I hope you’ll go watch it. It has more details from the event and shares some interesting facts about agriculture.

This event is just one of the many things the Ag Industry is doing to try to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer. Be sure to stay on the lookout for more events like this happening in your area!

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