Feeding 3,000 hungry football fans on game day is no easy feat. But if anyone knows how to do it, it’s Colorado State University’s agricultural partners from around the state. Each year, they team up to donate everything from the main course to dessert as part of CSU’s annual Ag Day.
The Nutrien Ag Day BBQ – held this year prior to kickoff of the Ram football team’s matchup against Sacramento State on Sept. 24 – has honored Colorado’s agricultural roots for more than 40 years, while supporting the industry’s future by raising funds for student scholarships.
Bringing it all together requires teamwork from Colorado agricultural growers, producers and partners who donate more than $50,000 worth of food and services to the event.
“We are grateful to Colorado’s hardworking growers and producers for their commitment to feeding our communities and sharing their bounty with us during Ag Day,” said James Pritchett, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “This long-standing tradition amplifies the role of agriculture in our lives and ensures that we can fund scholarships that support the development of tomorrow’s agricultural leaders.”
Many of the partners involved in the barbecue have done so since the event’s beginnings. SOURCE spoke with three longtime partners about their connections to Ag Day and what they plan to bring to the table in 2022.