In an effort to introduce young farmers and others to new farming techniques and interact with them, the first Highland County Farm Tour has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
The event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Highland County Farm Bureau and the Highland County Soil and Water Conservation District, there will be four farm stops on the tour.
“We decided last year that we wanted to get more people out on the farm so they can see some of the practices were are doing,” Highland County Farm Bureau President Nathan Brown said. “We have a lot of water quality issues around the state, and a lot of our political leaders don’t know about them, and we’re hoping to get some of them out to this event. But it’s open to anybody and everybody.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the tour should be at the first by, or before, 1:30 p.m. The farms on the tour, and some of the highlights that will be touched on at each stop, include:
• Stop 1 – J Boeckmann Farms, 10875 Connell Road; cattle confinement facility and nutrient management plan;
• Stop 2 – Millstone Creek Farm, Grabill Road; pastureland practices and farmland preservation;
• Stop 3 – Donald Roberts Farm, Hightop Road; dry fire hydrant in pond and grain bin safety procedures;
• Stop 4 – Jeff Boike Farms, Hightop Road, Seed Consultants test plot and swine finishing facility.
“We want to get people involved,” Brown said. “It’s more of an education day where those attending can see some conservation practices and different type of operations that maybe they’re not aware of so we can help them grow or expand their operation. It’s kind of aimed at young ag professionals.”
Following the tour, a dinner, followed by a square dance, will be held at the J Boeckmann Farms, where the tour begins.
Brown said there will be a number of activities during the day sponsored by the Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals.
Reservations are required. They can be made by calling the Highland County Farm Bureau office in Georgetown at 1-888-378-2212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 8.