9/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
On September 28, approximately 40 seniors from west suburban Chicago spent a day in the country, through a program sponsored by the Whiteside County Farm Bureau and their Adopted Legislator, State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch. They were also joined by local State Representative Tony McCombie.
After arriving by chartered bus, the seniors embarked on a tour that covered many important aspects of agriculture. They toured Oscar Koenig's dairy farm to learn about the milking process and the work that goes into running a dairy. A catered lunch of BBQ pulled pork took place at the Tampico Village Hall. Afterwards, an "Ask the Farmer" session was held in which numerous questions were asked on topics ranging from antibiotic use in livestock, crop insurance and the planting and harvest process.
Next, the seniors visited Doug Mitchell's bean field to view a combine and learn about grain farming. The Mitchells also grow melons and pumpkins, and everyone was treated to a sample of freshly picked cantaloupe and watermelon. Before departing, Nate Reed from Rock River Lumber and Grain provided a demonstration on how drones are used in modern agriculture. After a driving tour through some Whiteside County countryside, the last stop took place at Deitricks' Alpaca Ranch, to learn about how alpacas are raised and what their fiber is used for. Guests were able to pet and feed the animals. They also toured the farm store where items such as yarn, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets Mae from alpaca fleece are sold.
A big thank you goes out to the Whiteside County Farm Bureau and to adopted State Representative Chris Welch for coordinating the tour. It was a great day connecting with so many suburban residents and helping them understand more about how their food and fiber and grown by farmers.
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