Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ada County Farm Bureau Meeting

Meridian--Ada County Farm Bureau President Don Sonke presented scholarship checks to four Future Farmer of America Students.

Benjamin Enger of Meridan (middle in photo above) accepted a check for $500 and will pick up another check later in the year for an additional $500. Enger will attend the University of Idaho and wants to study veterinarian medicine.

Tori Thornton of Kuna High school also picked up a check for $750 she plans on attending Utah State next fall, Jessica Smith of Meridian will also attend U of I and also picked up a check for $750, both of the $750 scholarships are renewable each year.

President Sonke and the Board listened to a presentation from Lori Cox of the Western Idaho Fair. Ada County FB is looking for way to expand and promote their annual barn tour. The barn tour is way of telling the farm story to the urban masses and has had moderate success over the years.

Cox pitched an idea that entails a new program called 'Ask a Farmer' and is looking for sponsorships of the program, the board listened with interest to presentation and will weigh pros and cons of both programs in the coming months.

The Board then listened to a presentation from Jake Putnam of the Boise Federation Office. Putnam made a plea for speakers, farmers willing to go on camera for media interviews.
Putnam pointed to recent ethanol, corn and food price stories as examples of why farmers need to speak up and tell the farm story on these emerging stories.

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