BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Farm Bureau just celebrated its 100th anniversary and is proud to be “100 Years Strong.” Upshur County is home to a regional office where they were proud to roll out the red carpet in appreciation of local farmers last Thursday.
Approximately 225 people came out to help the Farm Bureau celebrate their impressive milestone on June 20. The extravaganza was open to everyone and lunch was provided by Jaws BBQ. Lewis County Blues (LCHS’s bluegrass band) provided entertainment and The Mountaineer was there to mingle with the crowd while he posed for photos and even participated in the cake walk.
The World Champion Stihl Timbersportsman Matt Cogar was on site demonstrating his amazing skills. An antique tractor show and nail driving competition also provided fun for all. Displays by their John Deere and Ford partners were set up, along with tables offering information from the County Farm Bureaus and reminiscing with the organization’s historical photos.
Interactive learning for children was offered in the Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab, which also visits elementary schools throughout the year providing science and Farm from Page 1A agriculture lessons. Sunflower the clown was there to make everyone smile, while face painting and children’s games were available throughout the day.
The WV Farm Bureau is known as the voice of agriculture in the Mountain State. Farm Bureau is a century-old organization, founded in 1919. They advocate for the rights of farmers and landowners at the Capitol in Charleston and in Washington, D.C. Educating the public about where their food comes from and the importance of supporting agriculture in every community is an essential role the Farm Bureau gladly provides. They are proud to serve others and are a place to belong.
Farm Bureau is for everyone, not only farmers. It is important for consumers to be members as well, because everyone eats, so everyone should have a part in improving the quality of life for farmers and all of those who depend on them.
The Farm Bureau cares about feeding families, the environment, educating our children and speaking out on issues of concern. It is the organization’s goal to provide leadership, education, information, training and economic services to enhance the quality of life for members.
Their motto is “we pull the most when we pull together.” If you are interested in joining the WV Farm Bureau, please call 304-472-2080 or visit them online at www.wvfarm.org