Safety main topic at Farm Bureau pic­nic

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau held its an­nual fam­ily pic­nic Wed­nes­day, July 13, at the 4-H Park near Centreville. Many lo­cal elected of­fi­cials were in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing County Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Jack Wil­son and 36th-Dis­trict Dels. Steve Arentz and Jay Ja­cobs.

The evening was high­lighted by an ex­tra­or­di­nary meal — roast chicken pre­pared by a team of cooks led

by long­time Farm Bureau mem­ber John Draper and mar­velous home­made side dishes and fam­ily-fa­vorite desserts made by Queen Anne’s County’s “most blessed hands,” as men­tioned in the prayer to open the pic­nic.

For the first time in mem­ory, the QA Miss Farm Bureau and Lit­tle Miss Farm Bureau con­tests were not held as part of the pro­gram. The con­tests were moved the Farm Bureau ban­quet that was held in March. How­ever, new QA Miss Farm Bureau Han­nah Story of Bar­clay and LIt­tle Miss Farm Bureau Caro­line Win­ter­stein, 8, of Sudlersville, were both present, in­tro­duced and spoke briefly.

The Farm Bureau also pre­sented schol­ar­ships. The first went to Luke Sul­tenfuss, who is now at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Agri­cul­tural School in Col­lege Park; he was awarded $1,000. Outgoing 2015 QA Miss Farm Bureau Jenell Eck, the reign­ing Miss Mary­land Agri­cul­ture, was awarded a $1,500 schol­ar­ship. Jenell will at­tend Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege this fall. Both awards were pre­sented by cur­rent QA Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Tom Jack­son.

Jack­son in­tro­duced Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler, Centreville Town Coun­cil pres­i­dent, and Char­lie Rhodes, Church Hill town com­mis­sioner, who lob­bied in sup­port of chang­ing how county com­mis­sion­ers are elected in Queen Anne’s County. House Bill 1344 put a straw poll (non­bind­ing) ques­tion on the Novem­ber bal­lot seek­ing the opin­ion of county res­i­dents on a pro­posal that res­i­dents from each elec­tion dis­trict vote only on the can­di­date from within their res­i­dency dis­trict rather than vot­ing for all five.

“This is the only way north county res­i­dents can elect a com­mis­sioner who will rep­re­sent the agri­cul­tural in­ter­ests of the ma­jor of the county that lives in north county,” Sigler said.

Rhodes added, “The last time we had an agri­cul­tural com­mis­sioner was when Paul Gun­ther was elected.”

Jack­son spoke briefly about the tragedy of deaths of chil­dren on farms across the na­tion.

He said, “On av­er­age, a child dies in a farm-re­lated ac­ci­dent ev­ery three days in the U.S. Most of these ac­ci­dents are caused by care­less­ness. We take too many risks. Some­thing hap­pens when peo­ple take short­cuts in­stead of think­ing of safety first.”

It was a solemn message he shared with the au­di­ence.

He then in­tro­duced Na­tion­wide In­sur­ance Risk Man­age­ment Coun­selor Ben King who spoke for about 30 min­utes, us­ing slides of ac­ci­dents that could have been pre­vented with proper plan­ning of farm lay­outs. He gave nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples.

King was fol­lowed by Na­tion­wide Agent Buddy Ca­hall who spoke briefly about in­sur­ance op­tions for farm fam­i­lies.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

From the left, Queen Anne’s County Young Farmer Chairman Alan C. Elks, Farm Bureau schol­ar­ship win­ners Luke Sul­tern­fuss and Jenell Eck, and cur­rent QA County Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Tom Jack­son. Luke re­ceived $1,000, and Jenell $1,500.

Queen Anne’s County 2016 Miss Farm Bureau Han­nah Story of Bar­clay, left, and QA 2016 Lit­tle Miss Farm Bureau Caro­line Win­ter­stein, 8, of Sudlersville spoke briefly to those in at­ten­dance at the an­nual QA Farm Bureau Pic­nic, Wed­nes­day evening, at the 4-H Park in Centreville.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

From the left, Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Tom Jack­son, and his son, An­drew, shared some mighty good food at the an­nual Farm Bureau Pic­nic, held at the 4-H Park in Centreville, Wed­nes­day evening, July 13. A good crowd turned out for the pop­u­lar sum­mer­time gath­er­ing.

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