What a wonderful weekend! There is nothing like being around other farmers to get my energy and juices flowing. Someone asked me if I talk a lot about Indiana Farm Bureau on my blog. Hmmm... I don't think I do, but that is not intentional; I hope that when I tell you about our farm and what we do, I reflect what other Farm Bureau members believe and experience. Fact is, many of my blogging buddies were at the convention, and many of them wear many hats besides their IFB chapeaus. There was Miss Jeanette and family from Indiana Wine, a former Indiana Young Farmer State Committee member, Miss Leah our 2010 Young Farmer Discussion Meet Winner!, Miss Ann an IFB member who brought me a bit of the yummy candy she blogged about late last week, Miss Lauren whose husband made it through two rounds of the YF Discussion meet, Miss Heather working behind the scenes and hanging out at the Trade Show. Speaking of the trade show, Miss Megan and Miss Hannah were there chatting with IFB members and testing their knowledge of corn and soybean facts. Miss Joni and Miss Isabella were EXTREMELY busy with their VIP IFB hats on, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was a great time, but now we are all glad to be home.
Guess my point is that many of us who farm wear many hats, and we all try very hard to promote agriculture in all its many forms and organizations. That being said, I am so thankful to the hard working people at Indiana Farm Bureau. The people on the .org side are who I work with most, and they are out there lobbying our elected officials and promoting agriculture with every hand shake, meeting, conversation, and sentence they make.
Tonight, I won't go in to all we heard this weekend, but I will share a quote that our IFB President Don Villwock shared with us:
“I think an Ohio egg farmer, Gary Stoller, said it best about America’s biggest misconception on today’s agriculture,” Villwock noted. “He said, ‘Some believe that 2 million farmers can feed 300 million people using the same technology that 30 million farmers used 50 years ago to feed 180 million people.’
Think about all those numbers! It truly is mind-boggling. And now here are a few fun pics from the weekend:
75 counties contributed to the squares on this quilt. It was auctioned off at the Saturday afternoon meeting, with the proceeds going to a local food pantry.!
Here is Benton County's square!
Thanks to Mrs. Sparenberg for creating it!
Kudos to the Martinsville FFA chapter for restoring this lovely John Deere tractor.
It was also auctioned off with the proceeds going to Indiana's FFA program.
Here are Miss Megan and Miss Hannah and their Wheel of Corn and Soybean information!
LOVE these new Farm Bureau banners and messages!
This was our theme for 2010 and inspiration for why I blog.
The quilt being held up for auction.