Show-Me Agriculture

Lunch and Learn Programs are going strong across Missouri.

Missouri's commodity groups have been busy this summer coordinating and visiting with community leaders at Lunch and Learn Programs across the state. On July 26, leaders from northwest Missouri gathered at McCrea Farms near King City, to enjoy a lunch of beef brisket and learn about agriculture's important role in the state's economy.

The McCreas have a stocker cattle operation and grow corn and soybeans on their family farm. Their family farm was started early 1900s. The interdependence of agriculture and the economic health of Missouri themes were echoed July 27 when community leaders met at Kingsville Livestock Market. This progressive livestock market has been an early adopter of new technology and marketing strategies.

A swine operation was also highlighted July 31 as citizens, local leaders and state representatives met at Chinn Hog Farms near Clarence. Participants learned about the swine industry; heard from representatives from Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Soybean Association, and Missouri Cattlemen's Association; toured the hog operation; and were treated to an insiders look at the Chinn's newly constructed feed mill.

These events are just a sampling of the 20 Lunch and Learn Programs sponsored by the state's commodity organizations. You can show your support for agriculture by attending one of the following events:

Aug. 22 Rehmeier Farms, Augusta
Aug. 24 Kurzweil Farm, Harrisonville
Aug. 28 Oetting Hog Farms, Concordia
Aug. 31 Windmann Farms, Laddonia

For more information regarding upcoming Lunch and Learn events, visit www.mocorn.org and click on the Lunch and Learn logo.

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