MO farmer talks issues at State Fair

Vernon Hart is a northwest Missouri farmer who took part in Farm Family Day – He says weather is a huge issue for farmers, especially for his friends south of St. Joseph, dealing with floods. And, he says there are a number of other issues Missouri farmers are dealing with… the overreach of the EPA and HSUS trying to “come back in a different way” – to name a few.

Hart is a District One State Board Member for the Missouri Farm Bureau and farms in the St. Joseph area.

AUDIO: Vernon Hart (4:00 mp3)

State Fair = Family Vacation

The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia is a great agriculture showcase – and for many – a tourist destination. On Ag Day at the fair this week, a Centralia farmer and his wife said they made it their family vacation by camping at the fairgrounds with their three young children.

Brownfield caught up with farmer Dwain Shelton on Monday at the State Fair. He says their fair vacation is a lot more economical than a road trip and there’s plenty for them to enjoy.

The 2011 Missouri State Fair completes its 10-day run Sunday, August 21st.

AUDIO: Dwain Shelton (4:00 mp3)

Showing a steer for the first time

A Benton County boy showed a hereford steer Monday at the Missouri State Fair, his first time showing livestock.  He had his older brother and uncle to help him along.

Grant’s first showing of Big Red was in the Coliseum for the On-Foot Open Steer Carcass Show & Live Evaluation Contest.

AUDIO: Bryan Bahrenburg (1:30 mp3)


Savor the Flavor

The Indiana Farm Bureau played host to an event to highlight Indiana grown foods at the Indiana State Fair.  In its second year, the “Savor the Flavor: A VIP Taste from Indiana Farms” featured beef, pork, duck, lamb and fish and Indiana grown fruits and vegetables for a locally grown treat.  The event challenged teams of student chefs from the Art Institute of Indianapolis, The Chef’s Academy, Purdue and Ivy Tech, Muncie to work with Indiana farmers and their products to create a prize-winning dish.





Ivy Tech, Muncie took home the grand prize with their Pork and Watermelon dish.

Iowa farmer-legislator fights for agriculture

Betty De Boef, a farmer from What Cheer, Iowa, has represented District 76 in the Iowa legislature for 11 years.  In this Iowa State Fair interview, De Boef says her number one mission is “to keep Iowa friendly to agriculture.” 

AUDIO: Betty De Boef (3:02 MP3)

Celebration of Agriculture awards

Demonstrating leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana agriculture.  That’s the criteria for the AgriVision award presented at the Celebration of Agriculture event earlier this week at the Indiana State Fair.  Lt. Governor Becky Skillman said Dr. Vic Lechtenberg of Purdue was a logical, natural choice because of his decades of work helping to make Indiana agriculture a world leader.

Dr. Lechtenberg said he was humbled to be honored by the people he served for many years.  Lechtenberg has numerous accomplishments during his tenure.  He played a vital role in the development of the Purdue Extension New Ventures Team and that Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center; programs that promote economic development within the state.  Lechtenberg says agriculture is on a great trajectory and doesn’t anticipate that changing as agriculture continues to become more integrated with the rest of the economy.  He adds agriculture people and the people in rural communities can no longer depend solely on farming to support their community and they need to become integrated with the rest of Indiana’s economy.  Lechtenberg says the people of Indiana are doing just that.

The Lt. Governor also presented Brownfield’s Dave Russell with the Partner’s in Progress Award during the Celebration of Agriculture event at this year’s state fair.

An exciting time for this Iowa FFA’er

This is an exciting time for Marshall Hay of Lynnville, Iowa.  Not only has Marshall has been very busy at the Iowa State Fair this week in his role as South Central State Vice President for the Iowa FFA Association, but his Ag Mechanics project at the fair received first place in the ag welding division and a first place safety award. And this Monday, Marshall will begin his freshman year at Iowa State University, majoring in agronomy.   Marshall took some time to visit with us Thursday at the fair.

AUDIO: Marshall Hay (3:41 MP3)

Talking with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture

At the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, we had the opportunity to visit with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.  We covered a wide range of topics, including the condition of the state’s corn crop, an apparent trend of more young people returning to their family farms, and President Obama’s recent comments about biofuels—urging less reliance on corn-based ethanol  and more emphasis on ethanol made from other feedstocks.

AUDIO: Bill Northey (5:58 MP3)

First Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame inductees

Exactly 40 years after its formation, the Iowa Limousin Association inducted its inaugural class into the Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair this week. Don and Dorothy Faidley of Colfax, Dr. Fred Wood, DVM, of Osceola, and Leland Dudley of Hampton (posthumously) were honored at a barbecue Sunday and at the Iowa Limousin Show Monday at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.  We talked to Jim Venner of Breda, Iowa, who coordinated the Hall of Fame presentations.

AUDIO: Jim Venner (2:45 MP3)

MO State Fair Grand Champ steer winners

The 2011 Grand Champion Steer at the Missouri State Fair belongs to Bailey Dent of Rolla, a member of the 4-H Wranglers. Her steer weighed 1,325 pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Steer honor goes to Evan Kempker of Jefferson City whose animal weighed 1,295 pounds. Evan is a member of the Eugene FFA Chapter.

The two steers will be among the 12 lots offered at the Youth in Agriculture Sale of Champions on August 20th at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The annual sale proceeds go to the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program.