The 60th annual Farm-City Banquet is Tuesday, Nov. 19 (please see box). This is one of the highlights of Farm-City Week in Batesville, which will be celebrated Nov. 18-22.
The open-to-the-public event is sponsored by the Batesville Kiwanis Club, Batesville High School FFA and Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Committee members are Andy Allen, Dennis Harmeyer, Paul Ketcham, Ed Krause, Tricia Miller, Cassie Wallpe and Harold Weiler.
This event “emphasizes the connections between urban or city residents and the agricultural world,” points out Krause, a longtime Kiwanian.
Attendees will enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings along with pies from Snikkers & Peanuts. The keynote speaker is Jim Orem of the Southeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association. His presentation is titled “What can you do to Help the Honeybee?”
These insects “are critical for everything from flowers to fruits and vegetables. He will tell us what the ordinary citizen can do to help their numbers,” he reveals.
There are 38 active BHS FFA members, reports adviser Cassie Wallpe. Many of them have roles in setting up for the event, assisting with dinner and door prizes and cleaning up afterwards. A leadership team of seven will conduct the meeting. They include President Caroline Meer, Vice President Sarah Ronnebaum, Secretary Hannah Nunlist, Treasurer Nick Meer, Sentinel Caleb Huffmeyer, Reporter Shalee Harrington and Student Adviser Josh Honnert.
The president says, “I was interested in being in FFA to expand my knowledge of agriculture, but specifically animal science. I was eager to be a part of an organization of people who had similar interests.”
The BHS senior points out, “When organizing the Farm-City Banquet, challenges include finding a speaker that will draw a crowd, as well as delegating tasks between the adult and student leadership teams .... I am definitely looking forward to hearing the presentation about beekeeping. Bees have a huge impact on agriculture and the environment, and I think learning about these insects further will be beneficial.”
“I encourage the public to attend the banquet because it’s valuable to know what is going on in the community,” Meer emphasized. “Both Batesville Kiwanis and Batesville FFA impact the community in different ways, and by attending the banquet you will be able to sit in on an FFA meeting and listen to a speech given by a Southeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association member.”
Krause adds, “You’ll have a good time. There are a lot of nice people there, and you’ll get to talk to some folks you might not have contact with otherwise. It’s also a good opportunity to see the FFA members in action .... Where else can you get a dinner and a program for $7?”