Event educates public about modern farming
Outman, R- Six Lakes, and Daley, R-Lum, will be on hand to help give consumers and farm neighbors a firsthand look at modern food production and the families that dedicate their lives to carrying on farming tradition. Outman said he and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be available to bus tables and help feed those in attendance.
“These dedicated farmers work extremely hard to produce a wholesome and safe food supply, not only for communities in Michigan, but for the rest of the nation and the world,” Outman said. “Breakfast on the Farm gives them a chance to show the public what they do on a daily basis to feed the world.”
The Jeppesen family, owners of Black Locust Farms, will show attendees how cows are milked at their dairy farm. People also will have an opportunity to pet a calf, see tractors and other farm equipment, enjoy a farm breakfast, learn about modern farm techniques and food production, and later enjoy farm-fresh ice cream.
“This is truly a community-wide event, and I encourage people to come have breakfast and learn about Michigan’s farming traditions,” Daley said. “Agriculture is the second-largest industry in Michigan, which is second in the nation only to California in the diversity of agri-business products. Agriculture is vital to Montcalm County, where 1,227 families produce crops or livestock. Many of these are family farms, passed from generation to generation.”
Tickets are free for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and may be obtained at Extension offices or local businesses.
For more information, contact Outman toll-free at 855-688-6267, or via email at RickOutman@house.mi.gov.