In just one short week, (Thurs., July 23) Billy Thiel of Thiel farms is hosting a Lunch & Learn Program on his family’s operation near Marshall, Mo. Attendees to the 11:30 luncheon will enjoy a meal provided by the Saline County Cattlemen’s Association and learn more about the Thiel family’s operation and how agriculture impacts the surrounding communities.
Missouri has deep roots in agriculture and the Thiel’s family farm is an example of that rich history. According to Billy, they are proud third-generation farmers raising corn, beans, wheat and at times cattle.
“We love what we do and want to provide a better understanding of our operation,” said Billy. “Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the importance of agriculture in Missouri’s economy.”
Thiel will also highlight the value of farmer-owned ethanol plants in rural Missouri. His family is invested in and sells corn to Mid-Missouri Energy, an ethanol biorefinery located just down the road from Thiel’s operation. Billy, a board member for the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, is also involved on a national level, serving on the National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee.
“Missouri’s corn growers rely on both ethanol and livestock to add value to our crop,” said Billy. “The state’s six ethanol plants and numerous livestock operations are vital to the success of growers. We work hard to provide feed, fuel and food to all consumers.”
An optional tour of Mid-Missouri Energy in Malta Bend will follow the luncheon at Thiel Farms. To RSVP, call Hilary Holeman at (573) 893-4181.
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The goal of Missouri Agriculture's Lunch and Learn Series is to spread knowledge about Missouri agriculture and the impact livestock and crops have on our rural economies. This series also highlights the important connection between livestock and row crops, as well as the relationship between the growing biofuels industry and the state's animal agriculture industry.