Food, Farming & Football

For the second consecutive year, the New Mexico State football team’s season opener will coincide with Agriculture Day as the Aggies face the Cal-Poly University Mustangs, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The Ag Day tailgating festivities will take place in Parking Lot A, just north of the stadium, from 3-6 p.m.

Ag Day will include plenty of activities to keep the family occupied before kickoff. Enjoy free food sampling, such as green chile (of course), beef and dairy products, watermelon, peanuts and more!  

Another important part of Agriculture Day is the food drive to benefit hungry families in and around Las Cruces. Roadrunner Food Bank’s Southern Branch will be onsite with a refrigerated truck to collect all sorts of food and beverage donations.  Bring three canned goods or other food items in original packaging to donate, and you’ll be entered to win great prizes!  

image006(Donate three or more food items to the Food Bank and be entered in the raffle for the disco – pictured above – the perfect addition for grilling up New Mexico foods during future Aggie tailgates!  We’ll announce that winner during the 3rd quarter of the game.  You must be present to win.)

Meanwhile, Dairy MAX – which represents dairy farmers in New Mexico and three other states – will be collecting monetary donations by text to its “Great American Milk Drive” program.  Any Milk Drive monies collected during Ag Day will stay in Las Cruces to provide fresh dairy products to hungry people served by area food banks.

This year’s Agriculture Day builds on last year’s inaugural event, which featured samples of fresh local foods; short horseback rides for the kids; a cow-milking demonstration; an interactive display on the water cycle; face painting; and roping demonstrations.

Cox kids next to El Whoppo

 (Ryant, Grady, and Camden Cox pose next to El Whoppo, the giant New Mexico green chile cheeseburger, during Agriculture Day 2013. El Whoppo is a tool for helping kids understand New Mexico agriculture: We produce wheat (the bun), cattle (the patty), milk (the cheese), green chile, onions, and lettuce commercially. And you can find tomatoes at nearly any of the state’s 75 farmers’ markets.  Photo by Rebecca Cox)

We can’t wait to see you all out in your NMSU Aggie gear for a fun day, and we hope you will help your hungry neighbors and participate in the food drive, too!

Katie Goetz is Public Information Officer for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

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