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Ag is Everyone's Business Event set for July 16
The ninth annual Ag is Everyone’s Business event, presented by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, will take place Friday, July 16 at the Highland County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. The date and location of the event are different than in years past due to Covid restrictions during the planning stages. However, the pause in scheduling allowed the planning committee to adjust the focus of the event for 2021.
“This year the planning committee has decided to not have a keynote speaker address the attendees, but instead to take a ‘family focus’ approach and offer a variety of speakers not only for adults but also for the youth of our county,” said Jamie Wheeler, Highland County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “This expanded offering of educational opportunities should appeal to a variety of individuals and we are holding our event in conjunction with the Highland County Fair Jr. Fair Entry Day.”
Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be available. Welcoming remarks will start at 8:20 and the first sessions will kick off at 8:30 a.m.
Sessions for the main program include:
- Animal Health: Why vaccines work and when antibiotics should be used presented by Jake Osborn, Merck Animal Health;
- Landowner Rights presented by Jim Karnes, Highland County Division of Wildlife Officer;
- Grain Market Outlook presented by Ben Wiginton, Patriot Ag Solutions.
Sessions for the youth include:
- Swine Showmanship, Feeding, and Skin Care presented by Dylan Dobbs;
- Sheep & Goat Showmanship, Feeding, and Skin Care presented by Ty & Lauren Hamilton, Hamilton Livestock;
- Cattle Showmanship, Feeding, and Skin Care presented by Jake Osborn, Osborn Show Cattle & Brian Cummings, Cummings Cattle.
This year’s event will also include a session for beef producers who want to obtain or recertify their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certifications. The certifications that were completed three years ago will be expiring later this year.
A trade show that will feature sponsors and speakers of the event will also be available for attendees. The trade show exhibitors will include representatives from a variety of industries including finance, equipment, seed, feed, animal health, marketing and much more. There will also be giveaways and door prizes for the youth participants.
“The Chamber started this event for the ag community because ag truly is everyone’s business,” said Seth Phillips, Highland County Chamber of Commerce President. “This event is an opportunity to join our business community with our farmers as well as our future farmers and business leaders.”
Presale tickets for the event are $5.00 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/54401, visiting the Chamber office at 338 West Main Street in Hillsboro, or by calling 937-393-1111. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the gate for $7.00, but those tickets may not include breakfast.
Announcements about the event, as well as other Chamber activities, will be made available on www.thehighlandchamber.com as well as the Chamber’s social media accounts.
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