Farm-City claims 2015 as ‘A Good Year’

Published 3:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Pike County Farm-City Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce put the lid on its 2015 calendar of activities and events and labeled it “A Good Year.”

Randy Hale, committee chair, said 2015 came on the heels of an award-winning year and the committee was up for the challenge.

“The Pike County Farm-City Committee was named the 2014 Best Farm-City Committee in our division, which is for cities with populations under 30,000,” Hale said. “The committee also won first place for our proclamation and for media coverage. I don’t know if we can repeat in any of those categories but we did have a very good year.”

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Hale said the members of the committee are creative, innovative, hard working and dedicated.

“We’ve had a very successful year because we have a very good committee,” he said. “We got our Farm-City activities off to a great start by winning first place for our booth at the Pike County Fair. Next, we participated in the Peanut Butter Festival Parade and several of our members manned the Soil Conservation Trailer at the festival.”

The committee sponsored Farm Day at Cattleman Park and all third-graders in the county learned about farming and farm life.

Hale said the Farm-City Job Swap featured John Henderson a logger in the Saco community and Barry McKnight, the “Voice of the Trojans.”

“John got to go into the press box with Barry and he was impressed with all of the activity that goes on during the game,” Hale said. “Barry was just as impressed with the technology in the logging industry. They decided that, even though they appreciated what the other did, they were each in the right profession.”

Hale said the Farm-City Committee and invited city and county officials toured the Agriculture Academy at Goshen High School. Everyone was impressed by the programs offered and with the future plans for the academy, which include a two-year associate degree upon graduation from the academy and the probability of students being able to pursue a four-year degree on campus at Goshen.

The annual awards banquet was well attended and awards were presented in areas including beef production, row crop, forestry, conservation, service to agriculture, poultry and youth awards.

“All in all in was a very successful and beneficial year,” Hale said. “I appreciate the contributions of each member of the committee and the efforts that were made to make this year’s Farm-City Week the success it was. We are looking forward to next year and the new challenges and opportunities it will present.”