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Day In The Country Coming Up
Sangamon County Farm Bureau president Larry Beaty started hosting Day in the Country last year. It's an event designed to show people what farm life is like.
"We want urban folks to come out, bring their families, and enjoy life on the farm and get a look at what we do," Beaty said.
"We'll have a lot of farmers on hand to talk about the equipment, the animals, what the cost is of each," host Diana Beaty said.
People who attend are encouraged to talk with local farmers about taking care of livestock and how the farm equipment operates. They'll also learn what they can do to keep people safe when city and farm life cross on area roadways.
"We want them to understand how big this farm equipment is and when we're sitting in that tractor seat how difficult it is to see who is behind us," Diana Beaty said. "They need to have patience for how slow it goes."
The Sangamon County Farm Bureau also wants residents to see that life on the farm isn't always easy.
"When they see this equipment, it's not all profit," Larry Beaty said. "That we struggle and we put a lot of money into this crop before we ever get a return."
And from the animals to the crops, farmers want residents to see where their food comes from.
"The food that they do buy in the store is healthy food, grown right here on central Illinois farms," Diana Beaty said. "That we don't abuse our animals or feed them anything that we shouldn't have. And just like raising our crops, we wouldn't put anything on it that we wouldn't eat ourselves."
With last year's event seeing a turnout of more than 400 residents, this year they are hoping to spread even more awareness of what life on the farm is all about.
The Day in the Country event will be at Beaty Farm outside of Rochester on July 28 from 1-4 p.m. There will be free food and drinks, as well as pony rides and live animals. Call the Sangamon County Farm Bureau at 217-753-5200 for more information.