Don’t miss out on attending a 2011 Breakfast on the Farm event

Only four more Breakfast on the Farm events will be held this summer, so mark your calendars and plan on having a terrific time on a modern farm!

There are only four more opportunities to attend a Breakfast on the Farm event in 2011. Breakfast on the Farm is an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with your family while learning about the agriculture industry from the experts themselves – the farmers. In June and July, nearly 8,000 people stepped foot on farms in Clinton, Lenawee, Ogemaw and Isabella counties for a firsthand look at modern food production and the farm families who work hard to produce a safe and wholesome food supply for Michigan communities and the world.

With four top-notch dairies left in the line-up, visitors will be able to see and experience the milking process, pet and perhaps feed calves, see tractors, milk trucks and other large equipment, learn how cows are housed, fed and cared for, and how manure is managed and used for crop production. The walking tours are self-guided with farmers and agricultural professionals stationed along the route to answer questions and to share their firsthand farming experiences.

Those attending one of the remaining Breakfast on the Farm events will also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared with Michigan grown and produced products. The breakfast and tour are free; however, tickets are required to eat. For a listing of ticket locations near you, visit the Breakfast on the Farm website at www.breakfastonthefarm.com and click on “Find a Breakfast” then select the event you wish to attend.

Remaining events and locations

Saturday, August 13
Daybreak Dairy Farm in Zeeland, Mich., (Ottawa County) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with breakfast served until 1 p.m.

Saturday, August 20
S & M Dairy Farm in Harbor Beach, Mich., (Huron County) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with breakfast served until 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 17
Taylor Creek Farm in Pickford, Mich., (Chippewa County) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with breakfast served until noon

Saturday, September 24
Benthem Brothers Dairy in McBain, Mich., (Missaukee County) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with breakfast served until noon

Breakfast on the Farm is a collaborative effort between Michigan State University Extension and county Farm Bureau. The events are made possible through generous support from the farm host families, local businesses and farms, volunteers and the 2011 state sponsors, including Pioneer, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Marketing Services, Michigan Milk Producers Association, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Dairyland Seed Co., Michigan Ag Council, Michigan Corn Growers Association, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

For more information on Breakfast on the Farm, contact MSU Extension agriculture literacy educators Mary Dunckel at 989-354-9870 or Nancy Thelen at 734-222-3825.

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