The Audrain County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting on Friday, August 21 in Mexico.
Those attending the event included board members Brent Erisman, JoAnn Hansett, Jerry Johnson, Dale Fischer, Patty Fennewald, Clarissa Cauthorn, Richard Dubbert, and Mike Sharpe; Farm Bureau employees included new agent Brandon Crocker and Customer Service Representative (CSR) Shirley Lynch. Also in attendance were Harry Thompson, District 3 State Director; Mary Fisher, North District at Large State Board Member; legislators State Senator Jeannie Riddle, Steve Walsh and Kyler Cliffman-representatives for Vicki Hartzler; and Audrain County Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Eastern District Commissioner Alan Winders, Western District Commissioner Trach Graham, and Assessor Missy Maupin. During the meeting, the MOFB Foundation for Agriculture awarded mini-grants to the following teachers of Audrain County: Tricia McDonald/McMillan Elementary, $250; Sue Nixon, Jenna Power, and Taylor Walters/Eugene Field Elementary $480.10; and Kendra Allen/Mexico FFA, $202. They were given half awards and the other half will be disbursed upon completion of projects.
Prior to giving a presentation, Fennewald led those in attendance in an exercise. She had placed cards on the table indicating various aspects of agriculture (corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, pork, etc.) and asked that folks list what industries/businesses were affected by agriculture in Audrain County.
She then presented a Powerpoint presentation showing the activities that the Promotion & Education Committee provided in Audrain County throughout the year. The list includes Thank a Farmer week/displays at Moser’s in Mexico and County Market in Vandalia; classroom presentations at Community R-VI and St. Joseph by the Audrain County R-VI FFA that also included “who grew my soup and I drive a tractor presentations;” Soybean month presentation noting what is made from soybeans-shakes were made from soy milk; noted those who went to the National Ag Conference for Teachers in Kansas City with Barb Wilson, Audrain Board president; teachers Katie Thomas and Caroline Schafer, both of Mexico, attended the National Ag in the Classroom Conference; and many other items were also mentioned.
Mike Sharpe of Sharpe Ag Services, also provided a presentation on his acceptance and participation in the ALOT (Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow) Program. His major presentation was on his trip to VietNam and it was filled with several interesting facts to those in attendance.
The board member election resulted in Brent Erisman (District 2), Mila Duenke (District 4), Dale Fischer (District 6), and Jon Robnett (District 7).