By Mandi Kindhart-White
Missouri Farm Bureau of Audrain County held its annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Hickory Ridge Orchard in Mexico. Board members and area farmers attended to discuss new bylaws and review business. The meeting was well attended.
A meal was prepared and served promptly at 6:30 p.m., with local Audrain County products including hamburgers, brats, fresh garden salad and vegetables, along with pasta salad and cookies for dessert. Before dinner, guests enjoyed a social hour with wine tasting.
Farm Bureau President Clarissa Cauthorn led the meeting as moderator, opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, after calling the meeting to order. The 2019 Minutes were reviewed. No meeting was held in 2020 because of the pandemic. The treasurer’s report, president’s report, introduction and awards were given, followed by the reading of resolutions and the election of the 2021-22 board members. Jerry Johnson was recognized for his 46 years of service to the Farm Bureau.
During the meeting, board members were asked to vote on changing the district boundaries to four districts: Northwest District, Northeast District, Southwest District and Southeast District. The county membership shall elect one director from each of the four districts and four directors-at-large. The bylaws were passed with all in favor and none opposing.
The meeting included discussion about pushing agricultural education in the classrooms. Cauthorn encouraged the members to reach out to school district officials or teachers to see if they would be willing to allow them in the classrooms to teach about agriculture in Audrain County. She noted that the organization had created a coloring book and has designated members ready to help with this outreach program.
Later in the meeting, a policy development questionnaire was taken by Audrain County members. The questions included information about conservation and climate, teacher health insurance, endangered species, mental health, waters of the U.S., critical race theory, Solar Farm Taxation, competency-based education and broadband. After the questionnaires were filled out the meeting was adjourned. Everyone was encouraged to shop in the Country Store, located at the Hickory Ridge Orchard, to purchase any of the food or wine they had tasted, as they handed out samples of kettle corn.