Missouri agricultural groups joined forces and hosted a series of "Lunch and Learn" meetings across the state this past summer, with three more scheduled this final week of September.
The goal is to tour farms, with local producers helping educate decision makers on the economic importance of agriculture. Ag leaders meet with community leaders and county commissioners in a relaxed environment and share.
One of the Lunch and Learn events took place at the Krueger Farm near Kahoka earlier this month. Charles Krueger, board member with Missouri Corn Growers Association, hosted the educational luncheon on his family's farm. Nearly 40 participants, including state, county and community officials and citizens from the area, gathered to experience agriculture firsthand.
"We must be proactive in building relationships with community leaders, so they understand the positive impact of agriculture on our towns and this state's economy," Krueger says.
Approximately 30 people attended the Lunch and Learn event at Oberdiek Farms near Platte City. Leaders of the local community, elected officials from surrounding areas, as well as neighbors of the Oberdiek's were in attendance.
"We want everyone to know that we strive to take good care of our environment for future generations," Gary Oberdiek says.
The Lunch and Learn series is supported by the Missouri Agribusiness Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Dairy Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri Department of Agriculture, The Missouri Egg Council, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Association, The Poultry Federation, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program and MFA Incorporated.
If you have yet to attend one of these community programs, three luncheons are still on the agenda. All the events below begin at 11:30 a.m. Contact one of the organizations above for more information.
Sept. 25 - Mt. Zion Homestead, Lebanon
Sept. 25 - Strueberg Farms, Union
Sept. 28 - Windy Hill Farms, Cedar Hill