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National Ag Day celebration held

Volunteers ready to serve 31st Annual Chamber Ag Breakfast
Volunteers ready to serve 31st Annual Chamber Ag Breakfast

by Jody Spear –

MASON CITY – The Mason City Chamber of Commerce celebrated Ag Day Wednesday morning at the North Iowa Events Center’s All Season’s building with their 31st Annual Chamber Ag Breakfast.

Their free breakfast started at 7:00 am and a presentation was then held at 8:00 am. The Invocation was done by Duane Miller, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Mason City and the Keynote Speaker was Mike Pearson, host of “Market to Market” on Iowa Public Television.

Pearson, of Grinnell, Iowa, grew up on a family farm in Iowa and his family instilled in him a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the rural experience.

The program sponsors were Gold Country Seed and Clear Lake Bank & Trust. Mike Dicken, Iowa District Sales Manager for Gold Country Seed, said, “We’d like to say “Thank You” to area farmers and those involved in agriculture.”

National Ag Day – which was March 19th – is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. It is celebrated throughout the week to increase knowledge, inform citizens and tell of employment opportunities in agriculture.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. The Agriculture Council of America of Kansas, says, “By far, the most effective part of this program is the role you play in helping spread the word. A few generations ago, most Americans were directly involved in—or had relatives or friends involved in— agricultural-related endeavors. Today, that is no longer the case. That is why it is so important that we join together at the community level..our voices, in concert, become a shout that carries our message a great deal further than any one of us can do alone! We are pleased that you have joined this effort to promote American agriculture.”

Take time this week to thank a farmer.


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