FarmzOnWheelz hits the road this week at CNE

Al­most two years in development, the Ontario Farm Animal Council’s new interactive exhibit, Farmz­OnWheelz, hits the road this week.

Its first stop is the Canadian National Exhibition. On Aug. 21, FarmzOnWheelz will be featured daily at the exhibition. The $950,000 exhibit is the first of its kind in Canada.

Designed and built by the Ontario Science Centre, Farmz­OnWheelz will help teen­agers and their families get a close look at what is cool about farming. As visitors make their way through the 400 square foot exhibit, they can explore the interactive components.

From Farming Fuels the Future to What’s On Your Plate, visitors can experience for themselves how science and technology affect agriculture.

The CNE will also mark the official launch of the new Know Farmers Know Food video, a special component of the exhibit.

The video show­cas­es many aspects of Cana­dian farming and introduces its audi­ence to a number of farm­ers and farm families. OFAC’s exhibit is designed to increase awareness, understanding and ac­ceptance of the benefits, val­ue, technologies and innova­tions in today’s agricultural industry.

FarmzOnWheelz will show visitors that farmers are mod­ern, innovative, and adaptive. Agriculture is fun and engaging and OFAC’s FarmzOnWheelz reinforces that.

Visit the exhibit at the CNE in the Better Living Centre. The fair is open daily from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. It is Can­ada’s largest annual fair, with more than one million visitors each year.

Funding for the Farmz project was provided in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Adaptation and Rural Devel­opment (CARD) program.  That is administered by the Agri­cultural Adaptation Coun­cil.

Other project sponsors include the Ontario Market Investment Fund and many industry partners.

The Ontario Farm Animal Council is the voice for animal agriculture, representing over 40,000 livestock and poultry farmers, associations and busi­nesses on issues in animal agri­culture such as animal care, food safety, biotechnology and the environment.