Farmers Breakfast highlights farming

The Community Foundation of Jackson County and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will present economic outlook at the 20th Annual Farmers Breakfast.

The event will take place on February 1st at 7:30am at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. Admission is at 7 a.m. Admission is free. To participate, call us at 812-523-4483.

Michael Langemeier from Purdue University returns as the keynote speaker and Susan Bevers from Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman & Connell will present a short program on the foundation’s work and its relationship to estate planning.

Langemeier is a professor and extension economist at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture.

He joined Purdue University in July 2012. His extension and research interests include cultivation systems, benchmarking, strategic management, production costs, and technical and economic efficiency.

Most of his research focused on the efficiency of farms and ranches, and the production costs and efficiencies of crop and livestock farms. He has also conducted research related to tillage systems, biomass crops and the trade-off between crop rotation profitability and water quality.

Before joining Purdue, Langemeier worked 22 years in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

Langemeier has conducted workshops and given presentations in Australia, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania. He is currently involved in agribenchmark, an international benchmarking group based in Germany.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his doctorate from Purdue University. His family runs farms in eastern Nebraska.

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The program is free and reservations can be made by calling the Foundation at 812-523-4483 or by email [email protected]

The agricultural sector is an important part of the Jackson County community, and the foundation supports those involved in agriculture through funds such as the Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund and the CB Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Foundation also offers farmers the opportunity to donate to these and other funds that benefit the community through the annual Giving the Gift of Grain program and the annual Giving the Gift of Livestock program. We also run a light-hearted fundraising contest, the Head to Head: Green vs. Red Contest.

The Red Team is currently in the lead with 67% of the votes. Votes can still be cast through monetary donations or gifts of corn or soybeans. The closing date for entries is January 26th.

Joining the Foundation and Purdue Extension Jackson County as sponsors of this year’s Farmers Breakfast are a number of area businesses and service providers that serve the farming community. These include Premier Ag and Rose Acre Farms, which will cover the cost of the buffet, allowing farmers to enjoy breakfast for free.

Additional sponsors include The Andersons, Aquatic Control, B&W Agri Products, Beacon Ag, Beatty Insurance, Blue & Co., Bob Poynter GM, Brownstown Veterinary Clinic, Darlage Custom Meats, Donaldson Capital Management, Edward Jones, First Financial Bank, German American Bank , Grindlay & Grindlay, Hackman Show Feeds and Dave Hall Crop Insurance.

Also sponsoring are the Ivy Tech Foundation, JCBank, Jackson County Co-op Credit Union, Jackson County Insurance Agency, Jackson County REMC, Jackson County Tire, Kova Farm Supply, Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman & Connell, Montgomery Elsner & Pardieck, Old National Bank, The Peoples Bank, Paul Nay & Associates and Royalty Companies.

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Additional sponsors include Rumpke of Indiana, Schafstall Inc., Schneck Medical Center, Seymour Animal Hospital, State Bank of Medora, Surface Insurance, Tampico Grain, The Tribune, and Wischmeier Trucking.

The Foundation appreciates the support our sponsors provide to the local farming community, which provides valuable jobs and income to local residents, and the support they offer to the Foundation and our community.

Dan Davis is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson County Community Foundation. The foundation manages more than 200 funds with assets in excess of $16 million. For information on how to donate to one of the funds managed by the foundation or start a new fund, call 812-523-4483 or email [email protected]

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