Galbreath said the event promoted community cohesion, awareness and education.
“It really brings the community together and informs others that don’t know about farming in the community,” she said.
A poster board at her table displayed facts about pork production in the area, like how Cass County is ranked as the 14th largest producer of pork products in Indiana, which itself is fifth in the country.
Jeremy Wise, secretary of the Cass County 4-H Junior Leaders, volunteered at the event. He said he grew up on a farm helping his grandfather with wheat, oats, corn and soybeans every year and that it was important for him to participate in the event to show that younger generations care about the industry.
“It’s good for us kids to care,” he said. “We’re going to keep it the way it has been for hundreds of years.”
Beyond the tent housing all of the games and activities, attendees browsed farming equipment on the property and visited a petting zoo of goats, pigs, a cow, horse, donkey and rabbits.
There was plenty for adults to check out as well.
At the Dow AgroSciences table, Sara Bennett and Larry Sernya were talking to visitors about their two corn plants on display. One was a standard corn plant and the other contained a transgenic agent that deters corn earworms. Because the plants looked almost identical, the only way for attendees to tell which one was which was to take a sample from the plants’ leaves, mash them up inside test tubes filled with a saltwater solution and apply test strips that would reveal the identities.
Bennett said the agent can allow farmers to have pest-resistant plants without having to spray chemicals.
“And it’s in there all the time, so it’s always working,” Sernya added.