Adams County agriculture experts gather for Extravaganza 2014

Authored by Jim Langham on Jan 31, 2014

Charlie Adams from WSBT television in South Bend told those attending the seventh annual Adams County Ag Extravaganza on Tuesday evening that there are four areas of life that can give an individual a sense of purpose to live.
Adams said that each person is looking for something positive to do with a lasting impact, something to hope for and someone to love.
“We are all looking for something to believe in. Often for that we turn to the foundations of our faith and seek what we need to do to believe in ourselves,” Adams said.
Adams told those present that when Lou Holtz was 28-years old he wrote down 107 things he wanted to accomplish in his life.
“He has reached over 100 of them,” said Adams.
“There is so much inspiration out there,” Adams said. “Everywhere there are people there is inspiration.”
As has been the case each year, the Extravaganza is a combination of business meetings and presentations by the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Bureau and Pork Producers.
Ryan Noblitt, Soil and Water county conservationist, told those present that the vision of SWCD includes “to have the full commitment of Adams County citizens to utilize and develop the natural resources of our community to their proper and best use.”
Noblitt noted that adult education accomplishments for 2013 included an indoor pasture walk in March, the display booth at the 4-H Fair, assistance with the CCSI Field Day, legislative bus tour and pond clinic.
Youth education accomplishments included 47 in-class environmental education programs. Participating schools included Adams Central, North Adams and South Adams.
The programs included planting seeds, owl pellet lab, becoming a tree, lifecycle of frogs, lifecycle of butterflies and the water cycle.
“Splash Day was a big success again,” said Noblitt. “This was a two-day event held at Bellmont Middle School and South Adams Middle School for all sixth graders in Adams County. Nearly 400 students participated.”
Noblitt reported that the Adams Central FFA took first place in the county soil judging awards. Member of the team were: Lindsey Bluhm, AJ Kaehr, Chelsea Emenhiser and Cody Emenhiser. In addition, the team came in third in area competition and second at state.
Fred Kunkel, Jr., president of the Adams County Farm Bureau, noted the local organization was responsible for one $500 scholarship to a student from each county school as well as numerous state Farm Bureau scholarships. Last year’s winners were Devan Barger, Brittany Lotter and Faith Von Gunten.
Other recognition was given to Adam Lehman, Jessica Lehman and Chris Steele for making it to the Sweet 16 of the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet, Craig and Mindy Fruechte for Young Farmer Achievement Winner and Chris and Marah Steele as Young Farmers’ Excellence in Ag Achievement award.
Pork Producers were active in this year’s Pork Producers supper at the 4-H Fair, donating to the 4-H Expo Hall, helping with the Greased Pig Contest and contributing to the pork meat at local FFA chapter banquets, showmanship plaques at 4-H swine show, SWCD Splash Day and the Ag Week Planet Pizza program.
This year’s 2013 Pork Producer scholarship winners were Devan Barger and Shelby Kiess.
Eric Mann was recognized as the Adams County Legacy in Agriculture Award for his diligence in cleaning trash in Decatur and along state roads.

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