50th annual Branch County Farmer’s Day plans announced

On February 20, 2017, people from the agricultural community will gather at the Branch Area Career Center to attend classes, visit with friends and see vendors.

For 50 years, the Agri-Business Council of Branch County have been providing the leadership for the annual Branch County Farmers Day. In Branch County, school children think it’s a national holiday when in reality it’s Presidents Day. School children join their parents and come to the Branch Area Career Center located at 366 Morse St. in Coldwater, MI, to visit with vendors, eat lunch, grab an ice cream cone and attend an educational session or two.

This year is a special year since it’s been 50 years since the annual Farmer’s Day started. To celebrate the organizers are offering a hot lunch of pulled pork and all the fixings for only $3.00. The meal is sponsored by the Clemens Food Group of Coldwater. All lunch proceeds will go into the scholarship fund and the Agri-Business Council will pick a couple worthy scholarship recipients in the spring.

During lunch, some of the original members will give a brief about what Farmer’s Day used to be like and what it is today. Dr. Ray Guarendi is being sponsored by the Farm Progress Foundation to speak during lunch on “The Sanity of Family.”

Some things stay the same such as various vendors to browse and chat with from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Restricted Use Pesticide Exams (RUP) will be offered all day by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Michigan State University Extension has a great line of educational classes throughout the day as well.

For the full schedule of events, check out the 50th Annual Farmer’s Day brochure. If you have any questions please contact the Branch County MSU Extension office at 517-279-4311.

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