The Ottumwa Courier

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April 14, 2012

Ag Fair showcases businesses necessary to farmers

BLOOMFIELD — Why would Bloomfield residents want to have an agriculture fair? Don’t they already know all about growing food and raising animals?

“We need to educate the students at Davis County Middle School, and third- and fourth-grade students, too,” said DCMS student council sponsor Lisa Cook Friday as she guided people to various agriculture vendors during the Bloomfield Ag Fair at the school.

She noted it’s important for the agricultural community to know about various businesses that are needed in the farming regions.

“They learn about what to do to help farmers,” she said.

The Future Farmers of America Chapter at Davis County High School was responsible for the horses and cows staked down in a grassy area near the school. They also tended to the tractors and combines on display.

Other groups included 4-H, Iowa State University  Extension Service, and business vendors who sell corn, feed, and seed, and the soybean growers.

“People from Troy Elevator are here, too,” Cook said. “There’s a wide variety of businesses, including a lady who was spinning wool.”

Also attending the fair was Brittany Jurgemeyer, an outreach coordinator for Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Jurgemeyer emphasized how dangerous chemicals are for kids on the farm.

“Chemicals are particularly dangerous for younger children,” she said. “Their natural curiosity and obvious inability to read the warning labels make it really important to keep both household and farm chemicals locked up.”

Local businesses and others participate in the fair and reach out to the students with information about what they do. For example, Cargill Meat Solutions in Ottumwa offered information about products made from a pig; and, Cargill in Eddyville has a program to show how corn is turned into cereal.

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