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Marshall County Farm Bureau invites public to ag production tour

September 11, 2013
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Information is power, and the Marshall County Farm Bureau wants consumers to better understand how and where their food is produced.

That is why the farm advocacy organization is inviting the public to the free-of-charge ag production tour Sept. 16.

Producers of cattle, hogs, corns and soy beans will be on hand at the Ballard Farms Inc. to answer questions.

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Pictured is Allen Burt of Marshalltown, Marshall County Farm Bureau president.

Additionally, a representative will discuss GMOs, genetically modified organisms, and explain why this type of seed is being used.

Attendees will be able to talk personally with the producers themselves.

Also a combine and tractor, equipped with the latest technology, will be on display.

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If You Go ...

WHAT: "Making the Connection" Ag Tour. Free-of-charge.

WHEN: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16

WHERE: Ballard Farm Inc., 1836 Prairie Ave., Marshalltown

"Grown in Iowa" refreshments, such as cheeses, salsa and popcorn, will be served.

"We are excited to be rolling this program out for the first time," said Jean Klosterman of Farm Bureau. "We developed this concept from another education program available in schools - Farm to Table - which has been extremely successful and popular."

"Now the adults have their program, the ag tour," said Pat Nicholas, of Albion, a Farm Bureau member.

Klosterman said some families are two or more generations removed from the farm, and the board of directors thought it would be a good idea to re-introduce folks back to the farm.

Farm Bureau is encouraging RSVP as soon as possible so that an adequate amount of refreshments will be available.

RSVP to Farm Bureau, 641-753-6637 no later than Sept. 13.

"We also hope attendees will better understand how important agriculture is to the Marshall County economy," Klosterman said. "When agriculture is doing well, everyone does well."

For more information, contact Farm Bureau at 641-753-6637.



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