For the second consecutive year, the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee has been selected as an exhibitor in the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Showcase at the 2020 AFBF Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas. The project they’ve been recognized for is their Treat of Agriculture event, which took place Oct. 22 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.
Washtenaw P&E Vice Chair Katelyn Packard expressed her appreciation for being selected by AFBF to share the Treat of Agriculture with other state Farm Bureau’s. This year’s event welcomed well-over 120 children, along with adults, dressed in costumes.
“Treat of Agriculture is a trick-or-treating event of Michigan agriculture products, so instead of candy we have things like apples, honey sticks, string cheese, dried cherries, popcorn, along with educational materials about commodities from across the state,” said Packard.
Though the planning of the event was done by the Washtenaw P&E Committee, Packard said its execution happened with the support of area farmers who donated commodities, along with 4-H members who helped with setup and staffing the booths.
“We were so pleased our turnout more than doubled from last year,” Packard said. “We just want to share agriculture with kids from all around the county, whether that’s urban residents from Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, or from the rural areas.
“We want everyone to come away with a better understanding of what farmers do.”
AFBF received over 100 entries, each demonstrating Farm Bureau members’ commitment to improving local programming. Twenty-four were chosen to exhibit at the national convention in January.
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