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September 18, 2013

Young Farmers giving back

Group dedicated to raising 'ag awareness'

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Along with his father, Ben, and an aunt, the family farms 1,200 acres and raises 300 sows to prepare to take to market.

“I know when my dad was my age, there was a good following,” Peters said of the Young Farmers. “It kind of fizzled out as families started to raise children and got busy.”

Young Farmers is a program of Indiana Farm Bureau. Peters said most Indiana counties have a young farmers organization.

“You want people to come back and carry on the family farm,” he said. “The main reason we formed is we would like to give back to the community.

“There is a big bridge between what the consumers think and what the producers actually do,” Peters said. “We want to raise ‘ag awareness’ in the community. Make people aware of what we stand for.”

Most of the members are young married couples, but the organization is open to anyone. Five new couples attended a meeting on Aug. 30, Peters said.

“Anyone who wants to be involved or learn more about agriculture is welcome to attend the meetings,” Peters said.

The group sponsored the Pedal Pull at the Tipton Pork Festival, something it always does at the Tipton County 4-H Fair.

This year, it also awarded a scholarship to a student in the county who wanted to pursue a career in agriculture.

Those interested in the Tipton County Young Farmers can contact Peters at 765-438-6101.

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