Interactive exhibit on agriculture coming to Sikeston today

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri residents will get a sneak peek into the life of an American farmer when the new America's Farmers Mobile Experience visits Sikeston this week.

A traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into 1,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Mobile Experience immerses visitors in the lives of America's farm families. Tours will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston.

Local farmer Darren Brown played a large role in bringing the traveling display to Sikeston and will serve as the host of the Mobile Experience, according to a news release from Monsanto.

The tour is designed to educate consumers on modern agriculture and the challenges farmers face to meet the growing demands of the rapidly increasing world population.

Visitors to the Mobile Experience will take a journey through three different focus areas with interactive tools and displays to better understand the life of an American farmer.

These include:

* An interactive globe that will allow visitors to see population growth and how many people one acre of farmland will need to feed to meet the demand of the growing population.

* A 180-degree theater will immerse visitors in a video experience that spotlights an American farm family and what they are currently doing to meet the world demand. They will also hear three generations of farm women speak about what farm life means to them.

* Agriculture educators will serve as personal guides, teaching guests about the tools and technologies, including breeding, biotechnology and agronomics, that help farmers meet current challenges.

Local farmers and Monsanto agriculture educators will also be on hand to visit with those who tour the Mobile Experience.

The Mobile Experience will tour the United States, stopping at a variety of urban and rural events to give people the opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the farmer's life -- from food production to the challenges they face.

For more information on Monsanto's America's Farmers' efforts or its Mobile Experience, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com.

Pertinent address:

2305 E. Malone Ave., Sikeston, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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