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Mobile farm museum coming to U of I April 2 and 3

Published February 24, 2012
If you've never actually been on a farm, you'll have an opportunity soon for the next best thing. Monsanto's America's Farmers Mobile Experience is a sort of farm museum on wheels, and it's coming to the University of Illinois campus on April 2 and 3.

The interactive trailer will be set up in the parking lot east of Turner Hall and near 1201 South Dorner Drive in Urbana and will be available for tours on April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The museum travels inside a 53-foot semi-trailer that transforms itself into a 1,000-square-foot educational exhibit when it reaches its destination. It tells the story of what happens on today's farms through videos, displays and interactive kiosks. Agriculture educators from Monsanto will serve as personal guides to teach guests about the tools and technologies, including breeding, biotechnology and agronomics, that help farmers meet today's farming challenges.

As visitors to the mobile museum are immersed in the lives of America's farm families, they will learn about the vital role America's farmers play in producing food, fuel and clothing for our growing world. The tour is designed to educate consumers on modern agriculture and the challenges farmers face to meet the demands of a rapidly increasing world population.

The mobile exhibit features an interactive globe that allows visitors to see how population growth affects the number of acres of farmland required to meet the demands of a growing population.

A 180-degree theater immerses visitors in a video experience that spotlights an American farm family. The video includes three generations of farm women speaking about what farm life means to them.

The Mobile Experience will tour the United States, stopping at a variety of urban and rural events. For more information on Monsanto's America's Farmers' efforts or its Mobile Experience, visit