The seventh annual Promoting Modern Agriculture (PMA) event will be held on Thursday, March 22, at the Riverport Inn, Winona. Organizers hope to encourage farmers and farm groups to work together to educate the public about how efficient farming practices benefit everyone. This year’s featured speaker is John Kriesel.
When Staff Sargent John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, a lot of miracles, starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die in Iraq, ripped the young warrior from the grip of death and sent him on to four hospitals, 35 surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation. He is a dynamic speaker and focuses on perseverance and dedication. He has written a book about his experience called “Still Standing.” Scholarship winners will also be speaking.
The PMA has awarded $1,000 scholarships in conjunction with the Winona County Farm Bureau and Winona County Corn Growers, worked to connect high school students with the history and value of agriculture, has been involved with Family Night on the Farm where 2,000 people visited a dairy farm, and has provided books that accurately portray farming to a little library in St. Charles.
Farmers face significant challenges and yet have managed to become one of the most adaptable sectors of the economy. In 1945 there were 24 million dairy cows. Today there are nine million and in spite of having less cows, farmers are able to feed not only our country, but export milk products to other countries. Modern agriculture proves that farmers are efficient and care deeply about the land and animals.
This event is successful because it is sponsored by farm families and agribusiness. Organizers encourage you to be a sponsor and/or attend.