WILTON – The Franklin County Farm Bureau and local 4-H members will host an open house, “More Than Cows and Crops,” to help the public discover the many ways that agriculture affects lives. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Farmington Fairgrounds.

While cows and crops are still important aspects of agriculture, today there are many other options available. Thousands of products that Americans use on a daily basis are connected to agriculture.

Research has developed many new uses for byproducts of agriculture or for the crops themselves. There are more than 600 nonfood items made from corn, some of which are then used in other products.

Franklin County is home to diverse types of farming. Farmers hire local workers whenever possible, purchase goods and services, pay taxes, provide open space and wildlife habitat and often serve on boards or committees.

All are welcome to attend the open house. Many hands-on activities are planned. Spinning llama fleece into yarn, observing steers being trained to yoke and/or cart, watching chicks hatch, making apple prints, identifying seeds and guessing the source of common products are some of the activities planned.

Coloring/activity books from various commodities or groups will be given to all children attending and prizes will be awarded for some activities. There will also be a variety of farm animals to view, as well as informational displays and demonstrations.

The event is free, but donations of nonperishable foods will be accepted for the local food pantry. Lunch items will be available to purchase from the 4-H Beef Boosters Booth.


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