(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Kerry Wefald, Agricultural Marketing Director with the Kansas Department of Agriculture joins us. Kerry, the month of March has been proclaimed Kansas Agriculture Month. (Kerry) We have a lot to celebrate within agriculture and specifically within Agriculture Month in March. The National Agriculture Day for 2016 is March 15 and the Kansas Department of Agriculture and our agriculture communications and education partners across the state have a full line up for Ag Month activities. (Greg) One of the great things that has come out of this too is the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Statewide Food Drive. (Kerry) Dillons Food Stores have been very supportive of our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Drive that’s held annually during the month of March and our Kansans across the state will start seeing the “Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Do All That You Can” displays and barrels in food stores to encourage Kansans to make donations, whether its monetary or gifts of non-perishable items during their shopping to support neighbors across the state through the Dillons stores. Also through Harvesters and local food banks within the communities across our state. We will have a kickoff with Governor Brownback on March 2nd at Harvesters in Topeka where our ag group will come together and we’ll package meals at Harvesters so they can distribute them that week. And then we will have our public launch and challenge citizens across the state to support the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Drive. (Greg) On Ag Day March 15, you can really make Ag Day in your hometown too. (Kerry) Agriculture is so vital to our state, with about 43 percent of our total economy being touched and direct economic outcome of an agriculture organization or an agriculture business within communities. It’s also a way for our agriculture groups to advocate for our industry and to really educate consumers who are coming in and out of local retail outlets about what agriculture means to our state. 4-H clubs and FFA chapters who will be out on Ag Day doing awareness and advocacy, but also establishing community service events on the local level that benefit their communities as well. (Greg) And Kerry if people want more information about all the Ag Month and Ag Day activities, what’s the best way they can do that? (Kerry) Number one, going to the Kansas Department of Agriculture website under our education and events, we’ll have Ag Day activities. We also have a great social media presence online on Facebook. National Ag Day has a website called agday.com, where teachers, educators, members of communities can go in and learn about why agriculture is important and why we choose to celebrate Ag Day and Ag Month, in our case, here in Kansas. (Greg) Kerry Wefald, Agriculture Marketing Director with the Kansas Department of Agriculture joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. After the break we’ll join Kyle and Jami Loecker.