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Residents get glimpse of life of American farmer

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Kera Rolando, tour guide and ag educator for the America's Farmers Mobile Experience, teaches Trevor Jackson, 7, and Tiarra Jackson, 9, from Monroe, Wisc., about the tools and technologies that help farmers meet current challenges on Wednesday afternoon in Miner.
(David Jenkins staff)
MINER -- Local Sikeston residents had an opportunity to get a sneak peek into the life of an American farmer with the America's Farmers Mobile Experience that made a stop at Lambert's Cafe on Wednesday.

Those touring the exhibit, learned about current issues farmers are having, including the world's growing population. With land not a renewable resource, companies like Monsanto are having to come up with new technologies in order to help farmers feed an estimated 9 billion people in 2050.

Those touring also watched a nine-minute video with current farmers to see the struggles they are facing. Then ag educators taught those in attendance about the tools and technologies being used to help the farmers, including breeding, biotechnology and agronomics.

"We saw it in the parking lot (of Lamberts) and grandpa wanted to come in and see it," said Josh Berget of Wisconsin. "There were some interesting facts, like how much it takes to feed people and how much farmers have to do today."

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