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Hungry for farm facts?

Tom Jackson • Mar 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Technology has made a lot of changes in modern farming. But farmers still work very hard.

That part of farm life hasn’t changed, even if the guy sitting on the tractor also has an iPad.

“The hours are still there,” said Denny Weilnau, president of the Erie County Farm Bureau. “The hours are really high when you are harvesting and planting. It’s still hard work, but it’s different”

Want to go?

•WHAT: “Food and Farm Facts” breakfast, by Erie County Farm Bureau

•WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday

•WHERE: Erie County Fairgrounds, Building No. 1, 3110 Columbus Ave.

•COST: Reduced price of $2 per person. Make reservations as soon as possible by calling 888-216-5487 or emailing erie@ofbf.org 

The farm bureau wants to extend a hand to people who might be curious about life on the farm in the 21st century. It has put together a “Food and Farm Facts” breakfast for Saturday for anyone who would like to learn more.

Weilnau, who farms field corn, tomatoes and soybeans, senses that many people in the city are curious about food production.

He said that when he comes to Sandusky’s Saturday morning farmer’s market to sell his tomatoes, he gets a lot of questions about topics such as organic foods and GMO products.

The local farm bureau is holding its first breakfast for the general public in many years, aimed at reaching consumers who might have questions. It will give people a chance to know more about the life of the farmer and what it takes to produce the   food everyone eats.

Hugh Storer, an account manager for Ag Credit in Norwalk, will serve as the guest speaker for Saturday’s breakfast, said Amanda Denes, organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.

“He has a great passion for agriculture” Denes said.

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