Alumni to hold annual Ag Appreciation Dinner and Farmhand Auction
Submitted by FFA Alumni
Agriculture. Nationally, agriculture and related industries provided $1.053 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, a 5.4 percent share of the total GDP. Additionally, in the same year it provided 21.6 million jobs – 11 percent of total U.S. employment.
In the state of Kansas, it is the largest economic driver valued at $65.7 billion in 2017, and employing 13 percent of the workforce. Locally, agriculture contributed $1.09 billion and nearly $750 million to the Nemaha and Brown county economies, respectively. With numbers like that, agriculture is clearly an important part of our economy.
To show our appreciation for agriculture in our community, the Sabetha FFA Alumni is hosting the Second Annual Ag Appreciation Dinner and Farmhand Auction beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at The Main Event in Sabetha.
In addition to showing our appreciation, this will also be an opportunity for community members to support the next generation by donating to the Sabetha FFA chapter. FFA is a national youth organization that prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. It develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success. Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.
The format for the event is changing slightly this year. To allow community members the opportunity to interact with one another, the doors to the event are opening at 4:30 p.m. A meal will be served from 5 to 6 p.m., and a panel of area businessmen leading a discussion will begin at 6 p.m. For those with a desire to support the local FFA chapter and the next generation, the Farmhand Auction will start at 7 p.m. In addition, donations will be collected, and a silent auction will be held throughout the evening.
Featured panelists are as follows:
Galen Ackerman is a lifelong resident of Sabetha. He and his wife Linda owned and operated Triple C Manufacturing until 2005. Today, Ackerman is still involved in providing product development consulting services to the company.
Kurt Grimm is a former Sabetha FFA member who returned home to help on the family farm and greenhouse business. He has transitioned to the COO of the family business, Grimm’s Garden’s, which includes Nutra Drip Irrigation Systems, and is located in Morrill.
Paul Kaeb serves as CEO for KSi Conveyors, Inc. Founded by four brothers in 2001, KSi continues to be a leader in quality seed handling and treating equipment. Kaeb also owns and operates a family farm, giving him a unique perspective of the agriculture industry.
Join us for an educational and enjoyable evening of food, fun, fellowship and fundraising for the Sabetha FFA Chapter on Feb. 17!