The Community Foundation of Jackson County in partnership with Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will serve up an economic forecast along with a full meal at the 18th annual Farmers Breakfast next Tuesday.
Serving begins at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at Pewter Hall, 850 W. Sweet St., Brownstown. Doors open at 7 a.m., and admission is free.
James Mintert of Purdue University will deliver the keynote program for the 2020 breakfast. Susan Bevers of Lorenzo, Bevers, Braman and Connell will present a brief program about the Community Foundation’s work and how people can establish an endowment or add to an endowment from their estate.
Mintert is a professor and extension economist in the department of agricultural economics at Purdue and served as the assistant director of extension for agriculture and natural resources before taking on director responsibilities at the Center for Commercial Agriculture.
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Before becoming a part of Purdue’s faculty in 2009, he was a professor, livestock marketing economist and extension state leader in the department of agricultural economics at Kansas State University for 23 years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.
Mintert became interested in the field of agriculture while working on his family’s farm just north of St. Louis, Missouri, in the Mississippi and Missouri river bottoms.
Over the course of his career, Mintert has received many awards, including outstanding extension program awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association and Western Agricultural Economics Association, and the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Premier Forecaster Award for his livestock production and price forecasts.
He also is the author of more than 200 publications focusing on the economics of the livestock industry.
The foundation supports those involved with farming through funds such as the Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund and the C.B. Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund, as the farm sector is an important part of the Jackson County community.
The foundation also offers farmers an opportunity to donate to those and other funds that benefit the community through the annual Giving the Gift of Grain and Giving the Gift of Livestock programs. It also conducts a lighthearted fundraising competition, the Head to Head: Green vs. Red contest.
Forty-seven area businesses and service providers involved with the farming community are helping sponsor the Farmers Breakfast.
They include Premier Ag and Rose Acre Farms, which underwrite the cost of the buffet meal.
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What: Farmers Breakfast
When: Serving begins at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18; doors open at 7 a.m.
Where: Pewter Hall, 850 W. Sweet St., Brownstown
Who: Local farmers are invited
Cost: Free; reservations may be made by contacting the Community Foundation of Jackson County at 812-523-4483 or emailing [email protected]