Stop it! Just stop with the “aggie” jokes - especially the one about the cheerleaders grazing at halftime.

This Saturday the football teams from two prestigious ag schools – Kansas State and Iowa State – travel to Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in what has been dubbed “Farmageddon 2009.” It’s the conference opener for both schools, and the first time the game has been played on a neutral site. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Central Time, Saturday.

It may not rival Oklahoma-Texas or USC-Notre Dame for national fan interest (don’t look for ESPN Game Day coverage), but K-State vs. I-State is likely to be tuned-in on radios in roaring combines and grain trucks all over Kansas and Iowa this Saturday. And while both teams are not likely to compete for a conference championship this year, there is a lot of pride at stake in the heartland.

Although some fans might feel a little embarrassed,  calling the contest “Farmageddon” seems appropriate for these two schools – with apologies to those other esteemed institutions of higher learning such as Purdue, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, etc.

No, Sportscenter is unlikely to show highlights of Farmageddon over this week’s Oklahoma/Miami game, or the Georgia/LSU contest. But maybe that’s because the PR departments at Iowa State and Kansas State haven’t really embraced this whole Farmageddon ideology. Maybe they need our help. Here are a few suggestions for competition between the two schools:

  • A barbecue contest before the game between the meat science departments. (A no-brainer – especially at Arrowhead, the NFL’s best tailgating venue.)
  • A lawn-mower tractor-pull contest between the ag engineering departments.
  • A livestock judging contest on the field. (OK, maybe the Chiefs’ clean-up crew wouldn’t like that idea.)

Have ideas of your own you would like to share? E-mail them to me ghenderson@drovers.com before Friday and we’ll post them so others can discuss them at the game Saturday.

To get you in the spirit for Farmageddon, here’s John Denver's “Thank God I’m a Country Boy":