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Texas Agriculture Archive

February 6, 2004

Updated Planet Ag sees
Fort Worth debut


TFB District 2 Director Lloyd Arthur; Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs; Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke; Carlos Delatorre, TXU Energy representative; and Bob Watt, president of the Fort Worth Stock Show, were on hand as Farm Bureau launched the renovated "Planet Agriculture" exhibit at the Fort Worth Stock Show, Jan. 22.

The Texas Farm Bureau's large traveling exhibit, Planet Agriculture, newly updated and expanded, was rolled out for visitors at the Fort Worth Stock Show, Jan. 22.

Sponsored by TXU Energy, Planet Ag has more than 5,300 square feet of interactive exhibits and is designed to demonstrate for urban consumers how agriculture touches the life of everyone, every day.

Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs cut the ribbon for the new version of the exhibit, along with FWSS President Bob Watt.

"In Texas Farm Bureau, we are concerned that many Texans, and Americans, are losing touch with a part of their lives that affects all of us in a very significant way," Dierschke said at the ceremony. "With this exhibit, Planet Agriculture, we hope to reconnect those who visit with their agricultural heritage through the interactive displays, farm animals and hands-on stations."

The display features actual demonstrations of cotton ginning, live farm animals, product displays and a variety of computer-based interactive quizzes and games.

The updated Planet Agriculture made its debut in Fort Worth and will appear at most other large stock shows, rodeos and the State Fair of Texas in Dallas this fall.