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WRAL-TV meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner with a cow on N.C. State University's brickyard.Dave Caldwell photoWRAL-TV meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner (pictured) tied with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences' Joe Reardon during a milking contest held as part of Ag Awareness Week at N.C. State.

With National Ag Day being celebrated throughout the nation on March 19, Alpha Zeta at N.C. State has focused the spotlight on agriculture during a week of activities, mainly on the university brickyard.

Alpha Zeta is a professional fraternity for students and industry professionals in the agriculture and natural resources fields.

On the brickyard, sheep, goats, cows, chickens, pigs, a tractor and a crop sprayer are on display as part of the fraternity’s Agricultural Awareness Week, and an information tent features displays staffed by representatives of agriculture-related student organizations.

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Joe Reardon of NCDA&CS (center) competed in the milking contest.

The week’s activities kicked off with an Ag Olympics featuring two popular faculty members, and on Tuesday WRAL-TV meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner and Joe Reardon of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services faced off in a milking contest that judges ultimately declared a tie.

On Wednesday, a panel of experts will discuss food security and safety in a panel discussion set for 5 p.m. in 321 Riddick Hall.

Then on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., an N.C. State University student, faculty member or staff member who has gotten the most donations in a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will get to kiss a pig. CALS Dean Richard Linton is among the contestants.

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