World Ag Expo

By Quince Gourley
Sophomore, agricultural communication major

The World Ag Expo has endless opportunities and industries to explore in the 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space!  February 14-16, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

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I attended the World Ag Expo on behalf of the Cal Poly Ag Ambassadors club to represent the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. Hundreds of students came though the booth who were interested in attending Cal Poly. As Ag Ambassadors, we used an Instagram frame and hashtags for everyone to take pictures with to hopefully increase social media reach.

Speaking of social media, I was lucky to be Cal Poly’s guest Snap-chatter for Wednesday, February 15 of the Expo. Being able to share all of the fun with current, past, and future mustangs was exciting. I featured Ag Ambassadors, perspective students and alumni. The CalPolyStudents Snapchat audience is diverse with 2,500 followers.

The Cal Poly Alumni reception was really neat to attend. I could tell all of the alumni enjoyed reconnecting with one another. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a couple from Northern California. The gentlemen graduated Cal Poly in 1946. We exchanged stories about college, and he told me, “I wish I could go back to Cal Poly”!

It truly was a privilege to attend the World Ag Expo and represent Cal Poly!

About Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication has aggressively pursued the following goals to heighten public awareness and understanding of agricultural issues: *Locate and attract prospective undergraduate students who demonstrate aptitude for communication and have an abiding concern for agriculture. *Assist the university's Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Liberal Arts in preparing these students to be effective professional communicators, through learn-by-doing opportunities. *Serve as a resource and vehicle for the continuing education of those in a position to promote the understanding of agriculture. *Promote the professional development of university faculty through teaching, research and service to agriculture communication. *Develop and maintain a website as a resource of information on agricultural issues to serve students, faculty, media professionals, agriculturists and the public.
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