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MO Kids to Benefit from 10th Annual Farm-to-Table Event

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Young farmers, age 35 years or less, make up 10% of Missouri farmers while about 25% of farmers were considered new and beginning farmers, with 10 years or less of experience. (pewtrusts.org)
Young farmers, age 35 years or less, make up 10% of Missouri farmers while about 25% of farmers were considered new and beginning farmers, with 10 years or less of experience. (pewtrusts.org)
 By Roz Brown - Producer, Contact
August 22, 2019

POTOSI, Mo. – The Washington County Home Grown Tour and Field Dinner will draw a community together in Missouri this weekend, and two students planning a future in agriculture will benefit.

The event allows people to see the variety of family farming opportunities available in Washington County and taste locally raised products.

But as Debby Bust, executive director of the Washington County Community Partnership, explains, it also raises money to provide $1,000 scholarships for Washington County graduating seniors or college students with an eye on a farm-related career.

"Any kids from Washington County that are going into agribusiness,” she points out. “Last year we did a couple sisters and they're doing fertilizer development – they're becoming engineers."

About one-third of farmers in Missouri are female, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Farm Tour and Field Dinner, organizers have added a guided Heritage Farmhouse Tour on Sunday that will include 10 homes that are at least 100 years old.

Bust says in the past 10 years, Washington County Community Partnership has distributed $11,000 in scholarships and farm grants raised from the dinner and fair events.

"The overarching goal that we have is to help kids and families be successful in school and afterwards,” she states. “Most of the farms here are young people with young families."

Missouri has nearly 100,000, covering two-thirds of the state's total acreage.

In addition to farm-to-table events, the state supports agriculture commodities, including soybeans, corn, cattle and calves, hogs and turkeys.

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