By Amber Morin, Arizona Farm Bureau Field Manager: Committed to supporting aspiring young agriculturalists and those in need, Pinal County Farm Bureau believes in giving back to its community. It all begins in March when the County Farm Bureau hosts a Pinal County Fair buyers’ luncheon, also co-sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services. One of the biggest events that Pinal County Farm Bureau sponsors throughout the year, the luncheon feeds approximately 900 people. If you haven’t had the opportunity to have a plate full of the famous pulled pork, maybe we’ll catch you at the fairgrounds next year!
The Pinal County Farm Bureau luncheon is just the beginning on that day for this county Farm Bureau. This year, by the time the Pinal County Fair livestock auction was over, the county Farm Bureau had purchased $2,500 worth of livestock supporting local youth and their efforts to learn about agriculture, business, and personal responsibility. In total for the 2017 season, two veal, one lamb, and four swine were purchased by Pinal County Farm Bureau.
Next up: The animals go to market. Every year for some time now, Pinal County Farm Bureau has paid to have the livestock processed at a local facility and then donate all of the meat to local community organizations and
We’re not finished, however. This doesn’t cover all of the annual philanthropic efforts of the Pinal County Farm Bureau. Also at the county fair, the County Farm Bureau hosted its annual scholarship silent auction and raffle full of great giveaways, gift cards, and farm and ranch tools. If you have participated in the event, you know that the County Farm Bureau truly does have amazing items up for bid and raffle! What makes the auction even better is that all the proceeds go to support the Pinal County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program. This year alone, the scholarship silent auction and raffle made $2,881. Twelve scholarship recipients will be recognized with $500 awards at the Pinal County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Dinner on August 30,
Heartfelt thanks go out to the volunteer members who have had a hand in making it another successful year for the Pinal County Farm Bureau!