Agriculture Weekend Experience
Agriculture Weekend Experience (AWE) creates an opportunity for students in Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to spend quality time with Iowa farm families and others in the state's agricultural community who share their knowledge and answer questions in informal, on-farm settings. AWE is for students enrolled in a major in CALS who do not have a background or lack experience with farming. Besides experiencing production agriculture, the program provides a first-hand glimpse into the heart of Iowa. AWE is co-sponsored by CALS and the Iowa State University Agricultural Endowment.
What Was AWE 2016 Like?
It was AWEsome. The 2016 AWE program, held Oct. 7-9, 2016, and was an incredible opportunity to take part in hands-on learning while staying at family farms. Nine students participated, and got to know three Iowa farm families in Marshall County and Story County. They gained a better understanding of information they'd learned in class and experienced crop, beef, dairy, and pork production along with visiting agriculture businesses in Marshall and Story counties.
"I could not have asked for a better weekend!" Read a summary of the 2016 AWE program (pdf) written by AWE student coordinator Mikayla Dolch.
"It was tremendously beneficial!" Find out what the 2016 participating students had to say about the program (pdf).
What About AWE 2017?
Stay tuned for more details. If you have questions, call CALS Communications Service, (515) 294-5616.
The 2016 Requirements for AWE:
- Flyer (pdf)
- AWE Expectations (pdf)
- Medical Information Form (pdf)
- Release and Waiver of Liability Form (pdf)
- AWE Application
- Fill out application and submit online by Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
- Attend a pre-event orientation on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm in 308 Curtiss
- Fill out a post-event evaluation
- Send a thank you to your host family
What You Receive:
- Free t-shirt
- Free transportation to the businesses and farms
- Publicity about your experience
- Memories to last a lifetime
- Meet in the parking lot to the left of Curtiss Hall at 1:45 pm (from the direction of walking into Harl Commons)
- Leave for Huxley, IA at 2:00 pm
- Huxley Learning Center tour at 2:30 pm
- Leave Huxley Learning Center at 4:00 pm
- Arrive at Ron and Dona Veren's farm in State Center, IA for dinner at 5:00 pm
- Leave Ron and Dona Veren's farm at 6:30 pm
- Arrive at Randy and Patti Hilleman's home at 6:45 pm
- Leave Randy and Patti Hilleman's home at 7:00 pm
- Arrive at Jeff and Christy Hibbs' farm in Albion, IA at 7:30 pm
- Get situated at host family homes for the evening
- Breakfast at respective host family homes
- Leave Jeff and Christy Hibbs' farm with participants at 7:50 am
- Pick up participants at Randy and Patti Hilleman's home at 8:15 am
- Pick up participants at Ron and Dona Veren's farm at 8:35 am
- Blood Dairy tour in State Center, IA at 9:00 am
- Leave Blood Dairy at 10:00 am for Hilldale Pork tour in State Center, IA at 10:30 am
- Leave Hilldale Pork at 11:30 am for The Market Off Main tour in Albion, IA at 12:00 pm
- Leave The Market Off Main at 1:00 pm for lunch at Jeff and Christy Hibbs' farm at 1:30 pm
- Return participants to Jeff and Christy Hibbs', Randy and Patti Hilleman's, and Ron and Dona Veren's farmsteads for regular farm activities
- Dinner at respective host family homes
- Morning church service option with respective host families
- Lunch at respective host family homes
- Pick up participants at Jeff and Christy Hibbs', Randy and Patti Hilleman's, and Ron and Dona Veren's farms between 1:00 - 2:00 pm
- Arrive back in Ames, IA at 2:30 pm
[2016: Please refer questions to Mikayla Dolch, 2016 AWE Program Coordinator, at: email@example.com, (515) 294-4319, or 304 Curtiss Hall.]