Ag Appreciation banquet could become annual event here
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor
Mar 18, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County is celebrating National Agriculture Apprecia-tion Week in a big way.

A full week of events will culminate at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the Trigg County Agriculture Appreciation Banquet at the recreation complex.

“It’s a chance for farmers, people in agriculture and the community to come together and celebrate agriculture,” Trigg County Cooperative Extension Agent David Fourqurean said.

Other events included city and county officials like Judge-Executive Stan Humphries and Cadiz Mayor Lynn Bailey bagging groceries Tuesday at Food Giant, Cadiz IGA and Hancocks Neighborhood Market.

WKDZ was set to have Ag Trivia giveaways Wednesday, Fourqurean said.

Fourqurean said farmers haven’t been immune from the country’s recent economic troubles but are overall in good shape.

“It’s tough to make a living cattle farming right now,” Fourqurean said. “Grain producers are doing a little bit better, but input prices are sky high right now.”

While veteran farmers are holding steady or expanding their operations, Fourqurean said, part of the goal of the week’s festivities is to increase awareness of farming to younger people.

“We don’t have many new farms right now,” Fourqurean said. “The trend across the industry is for small farms to stay where they are and for the big guys to take some of them over. Our population is getting older, and some of them are getting out of farming.”

“We want to get the word out about agriculture and how important it is, regardless of whether any [young people] go into it or not. They need to know there their food comes from,” Fourqurean said.

(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)
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