Big turnout for ag event

    The fourth annual Ag Extravaganza held Thursday night at Riverside Center in Decatur brought together some 160 people for supper and meetings of three local groups: Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District, Adams County Farm Bureau, and Adams County Pork Producers.
    The soil and water conservation district elected Randy Roe to a fourth consecutive three-year term as a supervisor. He was unopposed.
    Three special mentions were made:
    (1) Bellmont High School's 2010 soil-judging team — Paul Mesing, James Fairchild, Ryan Hockemeyer, and Mark Shaffer — was recognized for winning the county title. The teacher/advisor at BHS is Brad Smazenko.
    (2) Sarah Eicher was commended for designing last year's SPLASH Day design. She is a seventh grader at South Adams Middle School in Berne.
    (3) Rural Decatur hog producer Stanley G. Fuhrmann won the annual River-Friendly Farmer Award.
    Gene Witte, chairman of the district's board of supervisors, told the audience, "We need to do the best we can for our share of the problem."
    The Farm Bureau segment of the event included electing a vice-president (Craig Fruechte), choosing two delegates to this year's state FB convention (Craig Fruechte and Fred W. Kunkel). It also included taking note of the importance of grain bin safety, the Champions of Animal Care program, the supreme livestock exhibitors at last year's Adams County 4-H Fair, and the members of the Adams County Young Farmer organization.
    The Farm Bureau also pointed out that Adam Lehman represented Adams County in the state agricultural discussion meet and Rachel Girod of Bellmont Middle School in Decatur and Eli Hil of Adams Central Middle School in Monroe participated in the 2010 essay contest sponsored by Indiana's senior U.S. senator, Dick Lugar. The essay theme was "Agriculture: Then and Now."
    It was announced that Girod's essay won the district contest, so she will compete in the state contest.
    A plaque, flowers, and other items were given to Roger and Fay Koenemann of rural Decatur for their many years of serving on the county Farm Bureau board. Both have now left that board.
    The pork producers reminded the audience that Shawn Kiess won the group's 2010 college scholarship.