Each winter the Agriculture Committee organizes the Farm Forum. The early morning breakfast brings the business and agriculture community together to learn about topics that affect both areas of business. In addition, the Farm Family of the Year and Friend of Agriculture are recognized for their contribution in the agriculture field. The McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee hosts the Farm Forum and schedules presenters to provide relevant and updated information about the business of agriculture. It’s an event to bring rural community leaders, business representatives and educators together. We appreciate your interest and support of the Ag committees’ efforts to provide an educational program and to fund the McPherson AFA scholarship.
The 34th annual Farm Forum was held on Tuesday, February 28, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas Avenue beginning at 6:30 a.m. The morning event includes breakfast , key note speaker Dr. Daniel Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University, and recognition of the 2018 Farm Family of the Year to Ellis & Rita Yoder and the 2018 Friend of Agriculture Award to Sheila Corn.
The Chamber Agriculture Committee is very involved with keeping the importance of agriculture in the forefront. Since 2000, the Agriculture Committee has funded an annual $2,500 scholarship to a McPherson County high school senior who plans to pursue an agriculture-related degree. The Agriculture Committee partners with Agriculture Future of America who provides matching funds for significant scholarship awards. The committee hosts several events throughout the year – Rural Appreciation Picnic, Mac County 5K Round-Up, Farm Forum and is a partner in the Ag in the Classroom.
Special thanks to our Farm Forum sponsors and all those who continue to make a difference in the future of agriculture: PrairieLand Partners, First Bank Kansas, Allan & Deanna Sents, Emprise Bank, Peoples Bank & Trust, Zeitlow Distributing, Krehbiels Specialty Meats, McPherson Eye Care, Home State Bank, American AgCredit, Ken Cotton DDS, Esping Farms, Ag Seeds, Nelson Ag Seeds, Phillips Seed Farms, Nutrien, Cooperative Grain & Supply, Mid Kansas Coop, Penner Seeds, Baldwin Seeds and Iron Horse Seed. See photos from the 2019 Farm Forum here and read more highlights at this link.