The Lafayette County Farm Bureau and the Santa Fe Agri Leaders invited nearly 30 national, state and local lawmakers to attend a Farm Tour in Higginsville on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The goal was to educate policy makers on what is done in agriculture, specifically grain and livestock production.
The first stop was at Heins Dairy where lawmakers got a first hand look at how their milk is produced. They milk more than 600 cows daily which produces 5500 gallons of milk each day. Each day a semi-truck full leaves the farm and takes it to Hiland/Roberts Dairy in Kansas City to be bottle and pasteurized. This milk is then used to feed Kansas City
and the surrounding homes within 48 hrs.
Senator Kiki Curls whose District receives a majority of the milk produced at Heins Dairy was one of the officials that was on hand.
“It’s important to re-connect people to agriculture,” said Heins. “There’s a lot of misinformation that goes out (on the internet) about
farms and it’s neat to bring people out and see what a farm is really like.”
Click below to hear more from KMZU’s Mandy Young and Herd Manager, and 6th generation Dairy Farmer, Chris Heins about his operation and the message he hoped to get out during this tour.
The day concluded at GR Farms where they mainly grow white corn and soybeans, Garrett Reikhof talked about technology in farming and how it has progressed. The Reikhof Farm was first established in 1905 so technology has come a long way. Most of the corn produced on this farm is sent to Kansas City and then off to Mexico where it’s used in making things like tortilla shells and corn chips.
Attendees learned about GPS mapping for planting and herbicide application.
Senator David Pearce was also in attendance. “We have a big story to tell,” said Pearce. “There’s a lot going on in agriculture in Lafayette County and rural Missouri that have to be told.”
Click below to hear KMZU’s Mandy Young talk with Senator Pearce about his experience and thoughts on this event.