The Indiana State Fair is off and running and Indiana Farm Bureau is one of the many organizations dedicating time, energy and resources, and a love of agriculture to the 17-day run of the fair. President Randy Kron says it’s a great 17 days.
“It’s a place we get to showcase Indiana agriculture and let the citizens of Indiana come and see what we do. I’m proud of Indiana farmers and what we do and how we take care of our farms and animals. You know the livestock being here, the shows. I think you see the passion in the farmers who raise their animals, and that they really care. And there’s the interaction with consumers and how they let us tell our story and how we raise their food.”
Kron told HAT there is a very simple reason Indiana Farm Bureau supports the young people who compete at the fair, and at fairs around the state. He says it’s an investment in the future leaders of our communities.
“It’s important that we help bring up the next generation so they can see that giving back to your communities is important. It’s building future leaders.”
Farm Bureau has an action packed state fair, including a busy Farmers Day on August 17th that starts with a giant breakfast.
“We kick it off with the pancake breakfast, then also the 16th, 17th, and 18th of August is the Taste of Indiana Farms which is here in the Farm Bureau building, and you’ll get to see a little bit of the products that are raised right here in Indiana by Indiana farmers, so it’s a great opportunity to interact.”
If you’re not a member Kron says stop in the Farm Bureau building and ask how membership is benefiting other farmers.
“We’d love to have them here. Free popcorn every day and it’s air conditioned, so those hot days this is a great place, and I’d love to sit down and talk a little about agriculture. I have a passion for it and all of our members do, so they’d enjoy talking to them.”