Permanent ag exhibit debuts at Regina science centre

One of Regina’s major tourist attractions, the Saskatchewan Science Centre, has opened a new permanent exhibit showcasing agriculture in the province.

The centre, on Powerhouse Drive in Regina’s Wascana Park, on Wednesday opened Richardson Ag-Grow-Land, so named for one of its principal sponsors, Winnipeg-based grain company Richardson International.

“While agriculture has always been a fundamental part of life in Saskatchewan and a pillar of its economy, it is not always well understood,” Richardson president Curt Vossen said in a release.

The company, he said, “saw Ag-Grow-Land as the perfect opportunity to introduce children to modern agriculture in a dynamic and fun environment. In doing so, we ensure that future generations will continue to appreciate and support agriculture in Saskatchewan.”

The 2,000-square foot exhibit “highlights current farm practices, celebrates the science and cutting-edge tools of modern-day agriculture in Saskatchewan, and demonstrates the influence that Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry has around the world,” the company said.

“The Saskatchewan Science Centre’s mascot, Discovery Jones, and his dog, Tungsten, take you on a tour of the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan. From driving a combine to shipping lentils to India, this interactive and exhilarating exhibit shows how high-tech agriculture has become,” the release stated.

“Kids can climb to the top of a soaring inland terminal and distribute the grain that comes from the land of living sky. Hop across the mountains and enter a port on the West Coast to load your grain from a train into a port terminal. Then load it on to a cargo ship and take the product to markets around the world.”

The centre goes on to say the “kid-sized, scaled-down” exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to “load grain trucks, learn about soils and crops, watch a calf being born, play the market, and look at micro-organisms.”

The project, Vossen said, came about through the “leadership of agriculturally-based corporations with support from the public sector.” The Saskatchewan government is also one of the major sponsors of the exhibit.

The Saskatchewan Science Centre is considered to be one of the province’s largest family tourist attractions, hosting almost four million visitors since opening in 1989.

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