Nearly 1,700 people came to breakfast at Beck’s Hybrids on U.S. Route 40 Saturday. The sixth annual “Breakfast on the Farm” was sponsored by the Madison and Franklin County chapters of the Ohio Farm Bureau. In addition to breakfast visitors at the 8 to 11 a.m. event were treated to a number of agricultural displays and demonstrations.
John Deere and Case had static displays of machinery from household mowers to giant tracked farm tractors. There was a petting farm that included dairy cows, horses, a pig, a sheep, a goat and more. As expected many of the crowd were farmers, FFA and 4-H folks however many were just interested community members.
Breakfast was worth the trip. About three dozen stations were stocked with eggs, ham, green peppers, onions and cheese. Volunteer chefs created made to order omelettes. Other stations had sausage links, biscuits, coffee, milk and orange juice. Seating for more than 200 folks was provided under a large circus tent.
Near the tent was a line to board a tractor pulled passenger trailer to tour the Beck’s fields under cultivation. The London facility for Beck’s is used for research and development. People enjoyed the tour. Also nearby was a demonstration area for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). More commonly called drones, these vehicles are increasingly being used by farmers to monitor their fields. UAVs are very much a part of the future for Ohio agriculture.
Inside the main building were tables set up by many organizations giving information on their function. The Ohio Farm Bureau, organizer of the event, had tables for the public to discover who they are, membership and benefits for members. FFA and 4-H had displays of their projects. The Ohio State University had several tables for their extension, academic programs and specialized groups. The Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Pork Ohio Egg Farmers and Ohio Dairy Farmers had tables with information and recipe booklets. The Ohio Division of Wildlife had a table that featured pelts of native mammals. The Master Gardeners had garden information and advice for local gardeners. Nationwide Insurance had a table to talk about farm insurance and their other products. The Ohio Soybean Farmers allowed kids to make a soybean necklace. The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and Beck’s Hybrids also had information available.
Beck’s Hybrids announced that it would have a Field Show at its London facility on Aug. 31. The Field Shows are designed for the whole family. Offering Practical Farm Research, agronomics, new product information and educational seminars. There will be activities for the whole family, entertainment for the all ages and a variety of food. Find more information at BecksHybrids.com/FieldShows.
Bryan Bridges is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.