We had an enjoyable opportunity on the first of December to join farmers and ranchers just like us. We were able to attend a Farm Bureau Convention in Boise, Idaho. We really enjoy learning new farming and ranching ideas. I always enjoy hearing the success stories of others.
While attending the convention we had the opportunity to make new friends that live in other areas in the state of Idaho. It is amazing we all live in the same state, but have such a diversity in the crops we grow and the animals we raise.
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The Farm Bureau has many programs to educate people about farming. They go into the schools and spend the day teaching children of all ages about Ag. In our valley, we hold an Ag bowl where high school students compete against each other in an Ag quiz. The Idaho Farm Bureau has a trailer they send around to various schools to teach Ag in the Classroom. This trailer includes Maggie the cow. Kids love Maggie and the other activities we do. They get to experience milking a cow (she’s not real) and then how to make butter with cream. The kids grind wheat and make pancakes. This makes a great treat with their butter.
Another awesome program is the Young Farmers and Ranchers. This program is encouraging for those just starting out in the farming business.
I feel it is so important for us to teach our children where their food comes from. So many times we ask where do you get your food and I hear from the store. It is important kids and adults alike learn the store has to get it from somewhere.
We also appreciate the Idaho Farm Bureau for standing up for the farmers in our state. In the meeting of the delegates, they discuss the policies they would like Farm Bureau to support for the next year. They discuss how it will affect us. The delegates listen and vote on the policies Farm Bureau wants to put forth in their policy books and stands they want to take on political issues.
We never lack for good food at the conventions and this convention was no exception. This year at our final banquet we were entertained by the Peterson Farm Bros. They put on a great show. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to meet them. I decided to give them an Idaho Souvenir. Each one of them received a hardcover copy of The Farmers Wife Series, “Slippers for Hannah, The Christmas Gift, and Buffy’s Wish.” If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the Peterson Bros videos visit their website www.petersonfarmbros.com. This is a great place to get a glimpse of farming. Still, have more questions about farming check out www.idahofb.org.
We really enjoyed this year’s convention.
Remember: Farmers feed you 3 times a day.
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