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Your letters - July 27 edition

In my position as the District Manager of the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District, I get to interact with many different groups of people. This includes farmers, lakeshore owners, county residents, non-residents, urban residents, rural residents, government agency staff and elected officials. I often get questions about the local farming practices.

Over the past few months I have been part of a group of people in the local farming community that are planning the first annual EOT Breakfast on the Farm. This event will be held at the Zeigler Farm, north of Perham on Saturday, Aug. 5 with pancakes and sausage being served from 7 a.m. to noon.

I see this event as a great opportunity for non-farming families to connect with our local farming families and ag professionals to learn about modern farming operations and how our local agricultural community works together to produce our food. Those that attend will have the chance to ask those burning questions they have always had about agricultural production in the area. Attendees will be able to get an up-close look at some of the machinery and technology used in farming today compared to what was used in the past. There will also be many different types of livestock displayed with 4H and FFA members on hand to assist with answering questions about the various animals.

I would like to encourage everyone to mark their calendars and plan to attend this family friendly event. Agriculture lives at the core of our society in Otter Tail County. The EOT Breakfast on the Farm is one way we can ensure that we build and maintain a connection and appreciation for the farming community. You can find out more about the event at www.Eotbreakfastonthefarm.com.

Darren Newville

District Manager, EOT SWCD

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