August 15, 2023
The CHS Miracle of Birth Center is one of the most popular attractions each year at the Minnesota State Fair. Learn how a collaborative effort between CHS, the Minnesota FFA Association and the University of Minnesota brings the free educational exhibit to life.
Minnesota State Fair visitors flock to the CHS Miracle of Birth Center every summer to get a firsthand look at baby farm animals. In the process, they get an immersive agricultural education experience. Miriana Eiden, Minnesota FFA state reporter, says the birth center helps connect the community to agriculture.
A true farm experience
The CHS Miracle of Birth Center is one of the most popular attractions at the Minnesota State Fair. Fairgoers can watch farm mothers give birth during the fair. They might also be able to see chicks and ducklings hatching and newborn calves and pigs take their first steps.
“Veterinary medicine students from the University of Minnesota, licensed veterinarians and FFA members oversee the birthing process and support the animals,” Eiden says. “Our experts also answer fairgoers’ questions. The goal is to give participants a true farm experience.”
FFA at the Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota FFA members contribute to the success of the CHS Miracle of Birth Center by helping with barn chores, animal care and public relations, teaching visitors about life on the farm.
“FFA volunteers get up early in the morning to do chores and they stay late to care for the animals and oversee the birthing process. This experience teaches strong work ethic, responsibility, timeliness and collaboration, and helps our members become stronger advocates for agriculture,” explains Eiden.
Beyond the fair, Eiden says FFA continues to expand opportunities for its members. “Whatever area of agriculture a student is interested in, FFA has a connection. I have had some of the best mentors and insights into potential career paths through my affiliation with FFA. Being a member helps open the door to whatever you want to do in agriculture,” Eiden adds.
Collaborative support for agriculture
Support from CHS and other agribusinesses and organizations helps prepare FFA students for leadership and careers in ag science, business and technology, Eiden says. “Without collaborative support from our sponsors, we couldn’t put on workshops, participate in volunteer events or advocate for agriculture,” she continues. “We’re grateful for our partners who champion our mission as agriculture’s future leaders.”