Letter to the Editor

Ag Day organizers thankful for support

Thursday, March 17, 2016

To the Editor:

"Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet" was the theme celebrated at the 2016 Putnam County Ag Day event on Saturday, March 12 where families came together to learn about a farmer's everyday life.

Ag Day kicked off its festivities with an Ag Day Breakfast followed by a short program with the South Putnam FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team, which recently won the state contest.

Awards were also presented for Friend of the Farmer, Hall of Fame and Putnam County Farm Bureau's Ag Production in Putnam County Photo Contest.

Immediately following the program was the Mini-Farm Fest where families participated in hands-on activities and had the opportunity to interact with farm animals, sample milk and popcorn, view farm equipment, watch a farm movie and much more.

Our goal of reaching out to teach the community of Putnam County about the importance of agriculture could not have been achieved without the help of our many sponsors and exhibitors, including: McDonald's, Putnam County Community Foundation, Putnam County Farm Bureau Inc., Almost Home, Burger King, Kroger, Putnam Inn, Subway, Farm Credit Mid-America, First Financial Bank, First National Bank, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, North Salem State Bank, Old National Bank, PNC Bank and Tri-County Bank.

Also, Putnam County Farm Bureau Insurance, Keegan Poe with "Chuck the Steer," Clint Cooper Carpenter Realtors, Master Gardeners, South Putnam FFA, North Putnam FFA, Putnam County Public Library, Jason Keeney Family-Poultry, Co-Alliance Bainbridge-Sam Fry, Larry Keeney and Bees, Ivy Tech, Purdue Extension Putnam County, Putnam County Community Foundation, AHW LLC, John Deere-Rockville, Duke Energy Live Wire Trailer Demonstration, Humphrey's Outdoor Power, Bob Wehrman-Pond Aeration, SWCD-Sue Crafton, Putnam County Fair, Grateful Gardens, MacAllister Machinery-Brian Gum, Dillon Sutherlin-Sheep, National Pork Board, American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc., Jeff and Parker Coffman-Antique Tractor, Emma Bayless-Rabbit, Bane Welker Equipment-Crawfordsville, Indiana Beef Council, Heavenly Springs Farm and Perkins Family Llama, Specialty Hybrids-Brady Stockwell, Putnam County Beekeepers Association-Bob Gruener, Kristen Earley-Alpaca, Putnam County Sheriff Department, POET Ethanol Plant, Myers' Market, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Chandler's Fruit and Vegetable Farm, Mark Evans for devotions and the Ag Day Planning Committee.

Many thanks also go out to the Banner Graphic, WREB 94.3 and Hoosier Topics for their timely press coverage.

Heather Poynter

Brandy Ames

2016 Putnam County Ag Day Coordinators