While the crops and technology have changed over the roughly 160 years since Faribault’s establishment, one thing has remained the same: farms and ag-related businesses are a constantly growing and evolving industry.
One of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce’s longest standing committees, the Agribusiness Committee, has been functioning just over 100 years, with its purpose being to advance, strengthen and promote relationships between farm producers and community business leaders.
The committee hosts successful events and programs such as:
- Farm Business Brunch — 10:30 a.m. March 19 (see below for more information on tickets and program) This event aims to bring larger understanding of the economic impact of agriculture, while serving as yet another opportunity to bring farmers, and businesses together. This year’s event includes a video presentation by Sam Temple and Logan Ledman about ag history in Rice County as well as special messages from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Deputy Ag Commissioner Andrea Vaubel and a brunch. Tickets ($20) are available at the Chamber and Community Co-op.
- Ag In The Classroom — Where the committee arranges for guest speakers to go into local third grade classrooms and give a presentation on modern farming. In the spring, the same students visit local farms and see first hand agri-business in action. It becomes full circle for the kids to realize where their food actually comes from. Classroom materials, as well as bussing are made possible via a grant from CargillCares, as well as the generosity and partnerships with local businesses.
- The Best of The Best — this new tradition includes honoring one person or family with induction into the Rice County Agriculture Hall of Fame. The program also recognizes the Farm Family of the Year and Century Farms, among other awards.
To learn more about The Agribusiness Committee or any other committee of the Faribault Chamber, please connect with us by calling our office at 507-334-4381