Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ada County Farm Bureau News

Photo: Dist. IV P & E committee members Don Sonke, Shane Stevenson, Lou Murgoitio, Kara Jackson, Sid Freeman, and zoo director Steve Burns in front of the proposed exhibit.

By Don Sonke, Ada County Farm Bureau President

Boise--This simple question by a little girl started a chain of events that led to Zoo Boise getting a lion and the Farm Bureau an opportunity to sponsor an agriculture educational exhibit.

A couple years ago Mario Salinas, a FB insurance agent in the Meridian office, took his daughter Misol to Zoo Boise and she thought that since Mario belonged to the Lions Club he should be able to get his fellow Lions to get a Lion exhibit for the zoo. He took the challenge seriously, presented the idea to the local Lions clubs and now, low and behold, we have a Lion exhibit at the zoo.

Recently, Steve Burns, Zoo Boise director had an idea to convert an unused area to create an exhibit with sheep and goats that the public could hand feed from coin op stations. Through his contact with Mario from the Lion adventure, he thought this might be something Farm Bureau might be interested in sponsoring.

He contacted Mario, Mario contacted me and now we have what looks to be effective project for the newly formed District IV Promotion and Education committee. We are looking to be the primary sponsor of the project and will have input on the project with an area to display accurate agricultural materials.

Over 350,000 people from a wide area attend the zoo every year including a large number of children that need accurate information on where and how their food is produced and processed. The committee is now in the process of presenting ideas and working with Mr. Burns to hopefully get the exhibit open sometime in March.

Stay Tuned!

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