April 9, 2003 | By: Aimee D. Heald

When visitors entered the Central Kentucky Home and Garden show in Lexington, the first major exhibit they saw was that of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Agrivision 2003.

Attendees were able to see a variety of ways the College of Agriculture impacts their daily lives. Exhibits included everything from forestry, weather, farm safety, radon awareness, precision agriculture and insect identification to horticulture and health displays.

“I think Agriculture and Cooperative Extension are Kentucky’s best kept secret,” said Bonnie Tanner, UK assistant director of Cooperative Extension for family and consumer sciences. “A lot of times the general public may not be aware of the dynamics of agriculture. Opportunities like this are the perfect way to show the urban consumer all the ways the College of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension are contributing to their daily lives.”

Tanner said exhibits like Agrivision 2003 give the public an idea of how those in the agriculture industry go from growing and producing a product to adding value to the product, and then getting the information out to consumers in unique ways.

“I also think there’s definitely a way to measure the value of exhibits such as this,” she said. “I know the Extension family and consumer science agents who are working booths here are taking notes and names, and some are even doing surveys. They will be getting back to these people. In some programs, participation could increase by as much as 15 to 20 percent based on things I’ve seen in the past.”


Bonnie Tanner  859-257-3887