Farmers challenge media to be farmers for a day

    And invite them to bring their children along to see what it's like to
    be a farmer

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Ontario's Farmers and the Canadian National
Exhibition (CNE) today announced that they are challenging members of the
media to be farmers for a day.
    "We are challenging the media to milk a cow, feed chickens, shear sheep
and plant crops at this year's CNE," said Ron Douglas, CNE Farm Superintendent
and farmer. "We are also inviting them to bring their children along so that
they can be one step closer to understanding what life on the farm is like in
this day and age."
    The KidsAgVenture Exhibit gives everyone the opportunity to meet real
farmers and real farm animals - cows, pigs, chickens and more.
    "We have developed KidsAgVenture at the CNE for children and adults alike
to see what it's like to be a farmer," continued Mr. Douglas. "And even though
farming is hard work, KidsAgVenture is fun for the whole family. This is
something we want young people to understand."
    Children and media will be turned into mini-farmers. Once they arrive at
the start of KidsAgVenture, they are handed a bucket and some tools, and sent
out to reap what they sow.
    "Everyone will then wind their way through the farming experience," added
Douglas. "Plus, there is one stop we are sure will be everyone's favourite -
the tractor area. Children can ride on pedal tractors to haul hay out for
animals and take part in a farming tradition - a tractor pull."
    The KidsAgVenture Exhibit is part of the Farm at the Automotive Building
just inside the Princess Gates and runs throughout the CNE from August 17 to
September 3rd.

    The Ontario Farm Animal Council is the voice of animal agriculture,
representing farmers on issues such as animal care, food safety and the
    AGCare (Agricultural Groups Concerned About Resources and the
Environment) represents Ontario's 45,000 growers of field crops, fruit and
vegetables on environmental issues.

For further information:

For further information: Wallace Pidgeon, AGCare, OFAC, (416) 670-4909,

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