‘Meet the Farmer’ Attracts Visitors in Chicago Museum

‘Meet the Farmer’ Attracts Visitors in Chicago Museum
AFBF Promotion & Education Committee members Mary Fischer of Missouri, left, and Hillary Maricle of Nebraska, help visitors to the Farm Tech exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry conduct a lesson on DNA. (Photo courtesy of AFBF)

Visitors to the popular Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago recently had the opportunity to meet real farmers when members of AFBF’s Promotion & Education Committee participated in a “Meet-a-Farmer” day.

“This is an awesome exhibit and engagement opportunity,” said Robin Kinney, AFBF managing director of member engagement. “The staff was excellent to work with.”

Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus in Illinois helped create the Farm Tech exhibit at the Chicago museum that opened in October 2000. It includes modern farm machinery, a robotic milking simulator, a “soy shed,” which offers visitors an opportunity to see just how many common-day products contain ingredients from soy, and other items that demonstrate the science behind today’s agriculture.