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SF Agri-Leaders to host golf tournament and farm tour

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Santa Fe Agri-Leaders will host a golf tournament on Thursday, Aug. 4 and a mini-crop and farm tour on Friday, Aug. 5. The tour will conclude Friday evening with a meal at Fahrmeier Family Farms and Vineyards near Lexington.

"It should be a really great tour," said Brittany Hemme, adult agriculture education advisor at Santa Fe High School.

Despite the hot weather, tour participants should keep cool on an air-conditioned tour bus. The day's stops include Show-Me Ethanol and Edwards Seed Treatment, both near Carrollton in the morning and Heins Family Farms, which features a new dairy facility in the afternoon; before ending at Fahrmeier Farms.

"They do some many different things," said Hemme, explaining the diversified Fahrmeier operation, which includes growing vegetables and making wine. "We're actually going to spend the rest of the evening there and we are going to do a tour through their high tunnels, with their tomatoes and their vegetables. Then we're going to do a wine tour, and they are going to serve a meal there for us at night."

This year, the farm tour is going to be combined with the Annual Agri-Leaders Field Day and Plot Tour.

"We're also going to do our annual field day and we do that every year," explained Hemme.

It will begin at 11:30 on Aug. 5, north of Santa Fe High School, after the first two stops on the mini-tour.

"That's going to be in Alma, north of the ball diamond like we normally have it," explained Hemme. The plots will again feature corn and soybeans from many area companies and be followed with a meal.

A bonus during the field day this year will be an equipment show just north of the ball diamonds.

Registration for the mini-tour and a continental breakfast begin at 7 a.m. on Friday at Santa Fe High School. The tours will begin at 8 a.m. Registration for the tour is open all day, with half day rates available.

One of the reasons the Agri-Leaders is sponsoring the mini-tour is because the Missouri Young Farmer's organization is not holding their annual summer tour. Instead they are putting their resources towards the National Young Farmers Institute they are hosting in Kansas City in December.

"That committee decided that they would just pool all their energy and resources toward the National Institute," explained Hemme, adding though, "We have a lot of great businesses and companies and farms in the area."

The tour gives participants a chance to see some of those farms and businesses for the first time. It will also provide an updated look at a local dairy farm featured in 2009 on the Missouri YF tour, which was organized by the Santa Fe chapter.

"I know two years ago we went to Heins, but they didn't have any cows there," said Hemme. "They had the facilities pretty well built, but they didn't have the actual cows milking there, and now they do."

Part one of the Agri-Leaders' two-day event will be the First Annual Golf Classic, set for Thursday, Aug. 4 at Indian Foothills Park in Marshall.

All of the proceeds from the tournament will go toward funding the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders programs.

"Our state funding got totally cut, so unless we keep doing something to generate our own funds our program will cease to exist," said Hemme. The Agri-Leaders sponsor many informational programs, including an annual Crop Conference, as well as weekly educational guest speakers during the winter months.

The golf tournament is different from other past fundraisers, because organizers may be able to enjoy the event as well.

"We've never done this before, so we wanted to do something more fun, even for our officers and our members," she said. Although putting it together involves some work on the day of the tournament even those involved in planning should be able to "enjoy themselves."

The Golf Tournament is a three-person scramble and will be held at Indian Foothills Golf Course in Marshall. Registration and refreshments will start at 7:30 a.m. and be open until the shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Lunch will be served, as well as a ribeye steak supper when all the teams are done.

Also that day a silent auction will be held in the the Indian Foothills club house.

Some of the items to be sold include: a Stihl backpack sprayer from Concordia Implement/ Riggins R-Co; seed corn donated by both Pioneer and Mycogen, two differet wine baskets, a Mizzou basket and four tickets with a parking pass included to an upcoming Kansas City Royals game.

For those attending both the Golf Tournament and Mini-Tour, rooms are available at the Comfort Inn Marshall Station - ask for the Santa Fe Agri-Leader block to receive a special rate.

To find out more about sponsorship and fees for the golf tournament, visit the website at www.santafeagrileaders.org

Fees for the crop tour including meals are: $35 for an individual and $50 for a couple for the full-day or $25 per individual and $40.00 a couple for the half-day tour. Registration for children ages of 6 -13 is $5, while children ages 5 and under are free.

For further information you can contact Brittany Hemme: 660-641-1404 or visit the website at www.santafeagrileaders.org

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