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Morrisville State College Draws Crowd For Ag Day

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Two small stars attracted a fair share of attention during Ag Day at Morrisville State College April 30.

Bubba, a week-old goat, and Dave, a three-week old foal, made their debut to spectators during the college’s annual celebration.

The event, which was free and open to the public, attracted elementary students from Cazenovia, Morrisville-Eaton and Hamilton Elementary schools as well as Morrisville State College students and faculty and staff curious to learn more about agriculture.

And the college provided plenty to inquire about, including tractors, cows, calves, goats, horses and even a turkey.

Participants were able to pet a calf, guess the weight of a horse, walk through a hay maze and sample Morrisville State College’s homemade ice cream during the event.

Tours of the wildlife museum and greenhouses were also offered.

But spectators were most interested in Dave, an energetic quarterhorse, as he romped around a fenced-in area with his mother, Hansa, occasionally sticking his nose out to be touched and nibbling at their sleeves.

Bubba found comfort being held by Morrisville State College students working the event, who gave everyone a chance to pet him while they asked a variety of questions about how much he eats, what he eats and how big he will get.

Morgan Rank, of Tioga, Pa., an animal science--dairy student at Morrisville State College, was among students, along with Amanda Reynolds, of Briston, Vt., an equine science bachelor degree major and Shawna Kraeger, of Port Leyden, NY, an equine science and management major, who were busy fielding various questions.

Stan Rogacki, a dairy farmer, traveled from Attica to bring Bubba, a Board goat, three other goats and a turkey to campus and was more than willing to share everything he knew about agriculture.

“Ag Day is all about gaining better knowledge about the industry and I wanted people to see that there are more than cows involved with agriculture,” he said.

Tedra McDougal, agricultural science major and president of Morrisville’s Collegiate Future Farmers of America (FFA), was also busy sharing her agricultural expertise with participants.

“It is important for people to be knowledgeable about agriculture,” she said. “They have a better understanding that something like a shirt didn’t just come from the store – it initially came from a field and underwent processing and manufacturing.”

The event was coordinated by students in Morrisville’s Collegiate FFA with guidance from Rob Cross, assistant professor of diesel/agricultural engineering. Assistance was also provided from agriculture-related clubs on campus.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees including a new bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice, a bachelor of business administration degree in business administration and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college was the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.