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Tama County Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years

June 21, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Tama County Farm Bureau members and their guests celebrated 100 years in Tama County on Friday, June 15 at the Traer Memorial Building as they reflected upon the organization's longevity.

As other counties across Iowa also celebrate their centennial, Tama County's board recognized 100 years of achievement with presentations and display boards recounting Farm Bureau's history through newpaper clippings and announcements. After recognizing the Tama County's young board and special guests, a dinner of ribeye sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, beans, cookies and lemonade were served to large crowd of over 100 people.

"It is awesome to have the support of such a great county and great communities," Tama County Farm Bureah President Emily Ewoldt said. "Traer, Toledo Tama, all the surrounding communities have stood behind Farm Bureau and helped us support our activities. We couldn't do this without members and great businesses to partner with."

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Past presidents of Tama County Farm Bureau pose for a picture.

Ewoldt was asked to take over the Tama County board a year ago in order to "revamp" the organization and be more active. Having worked with Farm Bureau before through her position as a Precision Farming Specialist at New Century FS, Ewoldt was familiar with the organization and ready to bring "a new perspective" and a new, younger board to the forefront.

"We've done more ag activities in the classwork," Ewoldt said. "We want more of the urban students to know about what farming and Farm Bureau are. We're trying to incorporate more ag into school and the general public through outreach."

Planning the 100 year celebration fell upon a sub-committee board with Ewoldt also involved. The evening was constructed as far back as January, requiring extra meetings and working with sponsors to make an occasion like this run smoothly. Tama County Farm Bureau welcomed Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill to speak at the event, who talked about how the organization had survived the Great Depression, the 1980s farm economy and continues its mission today.

"Farm Bureau is meant to compliment people's lives whether they are farming or living in a rural community," Hill said. "We are helping businesses grow, we are helping to develop community as well as athletics, academics and the arts through school. It's not a singular focus, but a broad interest we serve, and that enables us to be successful."

The celebration closed with door prizes and live music as all the efforts of the organizers came to bear with a strong show of support from the Tama County communities and from Hill himself.

"I'm proud of what I see in Tama County today," Hill said. "We have a young, vibrant, energetic board and leadership that will persist in this county for many years. Agriculture today is changing and we see very few young farmers, but I see them prevalent here in Tama County. This gives me a promising view for the future for all of us."

From passing out chocolate milk at Tama County Relay For Life to continuing to working in the classrooms, Ewoldt and the board hope to keep Farm Bureau strong throughout the county and in it's school systems to remain relevant for another 100 years.

"I'm very proud as a county we have been a group for 100 years and we've been able to help farmers and let our country know how important they are," Ewoldt said. "They help feed, fuel and clothe the United States. We're a good program to help spread the good news on what farmers are doing with conservation practices and feeding more people with less land. We are proud of all of that."



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