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Taste of Shelby County Agriculture event March 6 at Horseshoe Indianapolis

It’s a celebration of Shelby County’s farm community.

The “Taste of Shelby County Agriculture” Presented by the Shelby County Ag Promotion Committee is set for March 6 at Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing and Casino in Shelbyville. The social hour will start at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7 p.m.

This year’s event will feature an “Indiana Agriculture All-Star Panel” moderated by C.J. Miller with Hoosier Ag Today discussing Indiana ag policy, planting, pricing, and topics impacting farmers and ag businesses.The audience will also have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions during the event.

The panelists include:

   • Bruce Kettler, President & CEO of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana

   • Courtney Kingery, CEO of Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Corn Growers Association

   • Kendell Culp, Vice President of Indiana Farm Bureau and State Representative (District 16)

   • Don Lamb, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture

   • Dr. Michael Langemeier, Purdue University Professor of Agricultural Economics and Associate Director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture

   • Mike Silver, Manager and Commodity Market Analyst with Kokomo Grain

In addition, scholarships will be awarded during the event to Shelby County students, and one member of the Shelby County ag community will receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Just a little over 230,000 acres here in Shelby County are used for agriculture, and nearly 200,000 acres are used specifically for row crops, so it's important that we raise the aware of agriculture and the impact our producers and ag leaders have here in our community,” says Scott Gabbard, County Extension Director and Ag Educator with Purdue Extension—Shelby County.

The proceeds from the event will be used by Shelby County Ag Promotion to fund and coordinate community activities and programs including the renewable scholarships awarded during the banquet, as well as support for the FFA chapters at each of the county’s high schools.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are still available for this year’s event.

For more information, call the Purdue Extension—Shelby County Office at 317-392-6460 or visit the website: http://tinyurl.com/scapc.

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