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Farmer's Share breakfast raises 4-H barn in Stevens County

4-H kids serve breakfast

How much money do farmers earn when someone eats an egg sandwich, hash browns, juice and milk for breakfast? Young people in Stevens County participating in University of Minnesota Extension 4-H learned it was just 40 cents, so that's what they charged. The Farmer's Share Breakfast, held in Morris on June 22, raised funds for the AgCountry Farm Credit Services 4-H Dairy Barn and Education Building, set to open at the 2018 Stevens County Fair. 

"It also raised awareness of the agricultural families and industry around them to the more than 135 community members they served," says Kirstin Koch, Extension's 4-H program coordinator in Stevens County. 4-H members involved in dairy projects hosted the meal and the West Central Research and Outreach Center provided space and farm tours for the guests.  

The new building will house not only 4-H dairy cattle during the fair, but also a demonstration milking herd, a shake shack, and space for interactive activities about the dairy industry and the dairy products we consume. Additionally, the barn will be used throughout the year for 4-H educational activities, such as workshops, shooting sports, club meetings and more.

Other sponsors and contributors included AgCounty Farm Credit Services; Community Development Bank; Farm Bureau; Midwest Insurance; Montana Coffee Girl; Riverview, LLP; Stevens County Pork Producers; and University of Minnesota CFANS.

Gifts and sponsorships help support many 4-H program initiatives on the country and state level.  For more information on giving, contact your county 4-H Coordinator, or a development officer at the Extension Development office at  612-624-7971.

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