This marks the second year of the single-day Saturday event in Putnam County, following many years as "Ag Week."
The day will kick off with a $1 breakfast of pancakes and sausage from 8-9 a.m.
Following the breakfast will be the annual awards ceremony from 9-9:30 a.m., as well as a presentation from Purdue Professor Larry Deboer.
See the article on this page for more information regarding the breakfast and speaker.
The free mini farm fest will run from 9:30 a.m.-noon, featuring hands-on activities and animals for kids and families, as well as informational booths.
Vendors presenting at this time will include:
* Farm Bureau and "Chuck" the Steer (3/4 replica of real steer showing cuts of beef)
* Red Barn Farms by Tom Holton
* Ivy Tech
* Putnam County Community Foundation
* Mark Evans with 4-H and Purdue Extension
* Larry Deboer, to have question and answer session for about 30 minutes after the breakfast program
* Wright Implement, John Deere Gator that has been donated to the Putnam County Fairgrounds Endowment Group
* Indiana State Police
* Master gardener Dale Cantonwine
* Bob Wehrman, pond aeration
* Putnam County Public Library
* Cabot Cheese with cheese samples
* South Putnam FFA Aquaculture Trailer
* Jason Keeney -- many types of poultry
* Seed planting station
* Duke Energy will have a live wire trailer demo
* Pork station
* Soil and Water Conservation District
* Coloring, chalkboard, bean bag station
* David Greenberg, sheep shearing
* John Shoffner, pedal tractors for young children to ride
Pancakes and sausage will be served from 8-9 a.m. Tickets for $1 each may be purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit Putnam County Agriculture.
The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m., featuring Larry Deboer from the Ag Econ Department at Purdue University. Larry will be discussing Assessed Valuation of real estate.
The program will also introduce a raffle for a brand new John Deere Gator as a fundraiser for the newly formed Putnam County Fairgrounds Endowment.
Finally, the annual Ag Day Photo Contest and Hall of Fame awards will be presented.
The program will conclude by around 9:30 a.m., in time for the Mini Farm Fest that runs from 9:30 to noon.
Also, following the breakfast program, the speaker Larry Deboer will be available in a smaller group setting to further discuss property tax assessments. All county officials and any citizens are welcome to join in on this discussion.
The Ag Breakfast is presented by the Putnam County Ag Breakfast Group consisting of county wide agri-business individuals. Special recognition of breakfast sponsors goes to McDonald's (for donating the sausage) and the Putnam County Community Foundations (for their generous financial donation).
Other contributors and sponsors for the breakfast include Almost Home, Arby's, Burger King, Kroger, Putnam Inn, Putnam County Farm Bureau Inc., Farm Credit Services, First Financial Bank, First National Bank, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, North Salem State Bank, Old National Bank, PNC Bank and Tri-County Bank.
About Larry Deboer: Larry DeBoer is a professor and extension specialist in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. DeBoer joined the Purdue faculty in 1984. He studies state and local government public policy, including such topics as government budget and taxing options, issues of property tax assessment, local government revenue options and the fiscal impact of economic development. He has worked with the Indiana Legislative Services Agency on tax and finance issues since 1988. He contributes to the annual state revenue forecasts. He helps maintain a model of the property tax used by the Indiana state legislature to analyze the impacts of assessment and tax policy changes.
DeBoer earned his undergraduate degree at Earlham College in Richmond in 1978, and his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1983. He taught economics at Ball State University in Muncie from 1982 to 1984 before joining Purdue's staff in September 1984.