Mizzou ACT ‘Bets the Farm on It’ at trivia night

On Friday, Nov. 14, the MU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow hosted a trivia night fundraiser with the theme “Bet the Farm on It” at Bradford Research and Extension Center in Columbia.

“Everyone loves a great trivia night,” said Sarah Brickey, an animal science major who attended the event. “I really enjoyed the fun theme and the trivia questions definitely kept my teammates and I guessing.”

The Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow is a student organization that works to build relationships among agricultural communication and journalism professionals and college students. Often these relationships are established when members attend professional development conferences such as the annual Ag Media Summit. Travel to such conferences can be expensive, and the “Bet the Farm on It” trivia night was held to raise funds in support of students attending these events.

“Our members were able to raise more than $700 for our club to attend conferences and develop professionally,” said Ashley Craft, ACT president and a senior science and agricultural journalism student. “Our first year was highly successful, and I would love to see what ACT members can do in the years to come.”

The “Bet the Farm on It” trivia night included nine rounds of trivia, door prizes, refreshments and a variety of baskets and concert tickets that were awarded to attendees. Students, faculty, members of the Boone County Farm Bureau, alums and friends formed the eight teams that competed. The MU ACT chapter currently has 19 active members for the 2014-2015 school year. The club participates in annual professional development conferences, and the annual Ag Media Summit gives members the opportunity to meet professionals in the journalism field.

“With hard work and dedication, I know our ACT members can continue to make this an annual event,” Craft said. “I’m extremely proud of my fellow ACT members and the success we had from our first trivia night. It was an extreme amount of work, but it was worth every minute of it.”

by Olivia Hoelting and Lindsey Robinson