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Ag Day Offers Local Leaders a Look at Food, Farming Issues

LMC Ag Day participants check out water quality research happening at the Franklin Research & Demonstration Farm near Lexington.

Twenty-nine local business leaders explored food and farming issues during Ag Day held Oct. 20.

McLean County Farm Bureau sponsors Ag Day each year for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Leadership McLean County program.

Don Meyer, Illinois State University lecturer, kicked off the program with an overview of the global food system.

Additional speakers included Pat Bane, local livestock farmer; Jim Tarman, Illinois Corn Growers; and Adam Nielsen, Illinois Farm Bureau addressing animal care, infrastructure and trade.

After lunch, the group toured conservation and installed wetlands projects at the Franklin Research and Demonstration Farm near Lexington.

At Yuton Elevator, the group learned about grain transportation and logistics with Steve Dennis, Evergreen FS Grain Department Manager.

Kent Meister, retired Farm Business Farm Management field staff, discussed farm level economics and management decisions.
The group also had the chance to drive a tractor courtesy of Birkey’s Farm Store.

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