"Biotechnology: Improving the Future" is the theme of this year's Bio-Ag Week March 20-24 at Brigham Young University.

The annual event, designed to promote awareness of the role of agriculture in society, is sponsored by the College of Biology and Agriculture and by the Benson Agriculture and Food Institute.The highlight of Bio-Ag Week will be a symposium March 23 in the Varsity Theatre, Wilkinson Center, featuring four national experts on biotechnology.

Weeklong festivities also will include events in and around the Wilkinson Center such as a cow-milking contest, golfing for carnations, testing for anemia, and a country dance.

The March 23 symposium will feature a lecture at 9 a.m. by Donald Heinz of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association on "Biotechnology Applications to Plant Science."

At 10 a.m., Mike Mosley, from Upjohn Co., will discuss "Biotechnology Applications to Animal Science."

Larry L. McKay, from the Food Science and Nutrition Department at the University of Minnesota, will speak on "Biotechnology Applications to Microbiology and Food Science" at 11 a.m. The final speaker will be Randy Diamond, from the Promega Corp., Madison, Wis., who will discuss the "Implications of Biotechnology Advances."

Faculty members of the College of Biology and Agriculture will be honored at a banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Wilkinson Center Main Ballroom.