Youth in Agriculture and Passing on the Farm: Two entertaining speakers coming to Mercer County

Posted On: March 13, 2014

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“I’m Farming and I Grow It” or “Chore” are witty parodies created by the Peterson Brothers from rural Kansas focusing on the life of a farmer.  These parodies spread the message to America’s youth about the importance of agriculture and the hard work it entails.  For this reason the Mercer County Fair Board, Farm Bureau, and the Wright State University – Lake Campus Agriculture and Food Science Program are pleased to bring Greg Peterson in to speak about the importance of agriculture and the role America’s youth will play in the industry.  The Peterson Brothers have created various music parodies on You Tube to promote agriculture and create a greater appreciation for the work that members of the farming community contribute to our society.   These videos help to increase awareness of agriculture to the public by providing clever messages through music about agriculture’s roll in America.

In addition to Greg Peterson, David Marrison, Ohio State Extension Educator from Ashtabula and Geauga Counties, will be providing an entertaining and educational presentation about “Passing on the Farm.”  Come listen to David for tips and information on how to pass your agricultural land and business onto the next generation.

The public will have the opportunity to listen to Greg Peterson and David Marrison on April 15th, 2014 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  The Ag Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. with a meal consisting of sausage, eggs, pancakes, home fries, milk, coffee, and juice.  Following the breakfast Greg Peterson and David Marrison will begin presenting around 8:00 a.m., with the program concluding around 10 a.m.  Besides the breakfast and speakers, various agriculture businesses and agencies will have displays set up providing information to participants.  The cost of the breakfast is only $10.00 and you can contact the Mercer County Fair Board office at 419-586-3239 for reservations.

Not only will Greg be presenting for the public, but he is also providing a presentation on the agriculture industry to local students.  FFA, 4-H, or any students interested agriculture are welcome to attend this event that will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude around 12:30 p.m.  With generous sponsorship from local donors, students will also enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by Mercer County Cattlemen and Pork Producers.  If any teachers or schools are interested in attending, please contact the Mercer County Fair Board at 419-586-3239 or greg.mcglinch@wright.edu with the number of students attending by April 4th, 2014.

We encourage all businesses, farmers, or anyone interested to attend the Ag Breakfast at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  This is an opportunity to see how America’s youth is leading the way in Agriculture and learn about passing the farm onto the next generation of agriculturists.  Contact the Mercer County Fair Board office at 419-586-3239 for tickets or more information.  To hear some of the Peterson Brothers parodies look for them on YouTube.