By Paige Langenderfer, Freelance Communications Specialist
Premier Companies recently hosted two full busloads of children and their parents from two daycare facilities in Shelby County, Indiana, to spend the day at Fair Oaks Farms, which is considered the Epcot center of agriculture. For years Fair Oaks Farms has offered a unique educational experience to enlighten the public about agriculture and to promote transparency in the farming industry.
Fair Oaks Farms is committed to educating the public about modern farming efforts, such as using only science-proven production practices, being good stewards of the land to protect the environment and providing quality care for animals. These practices all contribute to making U.S. agriculture the safest, most abundant and affordable food supplier in the world.
There are three major exhibits at Fair Oaks: The Dairy Adventure, The Pig Adventure, and the Winfield Crop Adventure. The 40 children in attendance got the opportunity to see a cow give birth to a calf, three sows give birth to piglets and enjoyed a lively day of agricultural learning. The WinField Crop Adventure takes visitors underneath a farmer’s fields to see and touch the world of bugs, roots, seeds and soil to learn how farmers, agronomists, processors and many others will help feed 9 billion people.
"At a time when the agriculture industry is undergoing considerable transformation, 98 percent of Americans are not directly connected to where their food comes from. This detachment from the farm can leave people with misconceptions about how food is produced,” said Harold Cooper, Premier CEO and General Manager. “This trip was a great opportunity to get to know some of our new Shelby County neighbors and to share our love for agriculture and the environment. Fair Oaks Farms is an extraordinary facility with countless opportunities to learn about agriculture.”
This trip also provided an opportunity for Premier employees to share information about the new Premier fertilizer facility being built in Shelby County. In 2017, Premier's Board of Directors approved the purchase of 40 acres in Shelby County to build a brand new, state-of-the-art fertilizer facility.
“As with all of our Premier Ag and Energy locations, our neighboring landowners are important to us,” said Sal Sama, Premier Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We share the land boundaries, air quality and roadways that connect us. Spending the day with a few of our 70 plus neighbors in Shelby County allowed us to have great conversations about agriculture and answer questions about the operations of our new facility.”
For more information contact Katie Martin, Director of Marketing, Premier Companies at 812-522-4911 x239 or [email protected]