CONCORD – Family Field Day returns to the Haskell Ag Lab in late June focusing on science and agriculture.
Make plans to attend a free and open to the public event on Wednesday, June 30.
Mary Jarvi has held several positions for the past 40 years at the Haskell Ag Lab and is the current the office associate. The Haskell Ag Lab focuses on research.
“We have entomology, we have some weed science as well as some plant pathology issues that are all research there,” said Jarvi. “Cover crops is another research area. We also have a lot of extension type programs and as well as a lot of 4-H programs.”
There are currently 10-12 permanent employees at the Haskell Ag Lab as the group is part of the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension.
Pre-registration is at 8:30 a.m. with activities lasting from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Education presentations will focus on Ag Land Management, Home & Lawn, Crop Troubleshooting as well as Nature and Outdoors. The Science & Ag Family Field Day will also offer Northeast Arboretum Tours, Youth Farm Safety and Pressure Canner Testing.
The ‘Backyard Farmer’ panel will also return to the Field Day event.
“If you’ve got problems with your plants or if you’re having insect problems, bring those samples and share them with the experts,” Jarvi added. “Because there’s about four to five people from the Backyard Famer that will be there to help answer your questions.”
A highlight this year will be archery demonstrations by Alexis Frye. Alexis will be a high school freshman this fall and she has won multiple state competitions, ranked high in national shoots, and won a World Competition in 2019. She is a member of the Wayne County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club. Frye will be doing demonstrations at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. close to the Shooting Sports Trailer.
The event will also feature food trucks on site. Each person will receive a $10 voucher to be used at the food trucks when they register the day of the event.
Haskell Ag Lab officials will have activities for all.
“We’re really excited about this year,” Jarvi mentioned. “Last year we had to do it virtually, so we’re really excited that we’re doing this in person again. We’ve got a lot of great presentations lined up; we’re just really excited about the day.”
Activities for the entire family include ATV Safety, blood pressure checks, hummus demonstrations, drones, robotics, pressure canner testing, healthy eating, grain marketing, pesticide safety, mental health, insect ID contest, weed & grass ID contest, nitrates in groundwater and several others. Other attractions include the Science Literacy Trailer, Shooting Sports, Maker Space or Think Make Create Lab, Mobile Beef Lab and Smokey Bear.
Call 402-584-2261 or visit go.unl.edu/hal2021 for more information as the Haskell Ag Lab is located at 57905 866th Rd. Concord.