The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce’s Agribusiness Committee drew more than 500 to its 13th annual Farm City Breakfast on Friday, March 24. Each year this event is held to recognize the farmer/producer and the importance of agribusiness to the area economy.
Brian Klippenstein, special assistant to the Office of the Secretary, USDA, was the featured speaker.
“Nowhere in the world do consumers have it better than the United States of America,” Klippenstein said. “As we enjoy the safe abundance, we take it for granted that half the people in the world aren’t food secure.”
R. Patt Lilly, President and CEO of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, reminded the audience that St. Joseph is the third largest exporter in the state of Missouri.
“Really, agriculture is the basis of our economy,” Lilly said.
Proceeds from the breakfast benefit Agriculture Future of America scholarships. Tristan Myers, of Faucett, Mo., is a former scholarship winner and spoke at the event.
“The scholarship taught me life lessons that I’ll have with me forever,” he said. “It wasn’t just about the financial help.”
Gary Exline, of Eagle Radio, was inducted into the Ag Hall of Fame at the event. Exline has been involved in farm broadcast stations for more than 25 years and he had the idea to start the Farm City Breakfast.
“An idea is an idea until someone takes it,” he said, adding the he was surprised and humbled with the honor. “Without you, we couldn’t do it.”
The event is presented by Lifeline Foods.