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Cass County tries the direct approach with its elected county officials

By Rachel Schrage, Public Relations Team

Cass County Farm Bureau decided to try the direct approach with its elected county officials. For the second year in a row, the county hosted the officials to a luncheon that immediately followed the county council’s budget meeting.

More than 15 elected officials attended.

Cass County was one of nine county Farm Bureaus recognized at the 2013 IFB convention with an Impact Award, which is presented annually by Indiana Farm Bureau. The award recognizes counties for efforts that resulted in a significant impact or an increase in political influence and clout.

According to Dave Forgey, Cass County Farm Bureau president, the goal of the luncheon was to create a closer relationship between the Farm Bureau and elected officials. County officials sat at tables with at least one Farm Bureau board member, ensuring that there was good discussion throughout the meal.

Following lunch, attendees discussed upcoming legislation affecting agriculture in Cass County and compared the cost of government in Cass County with other counties in the state.

The county government officials in attendance were then given the opportunity to ask questions about important issues and share their thoughts on the relationship between government and agriculture.

“We believe it is a great benefit for the county elected officials and the county Farm Bureau board to have an annual discussion on topics involving agriculture and its importance to Cass County,” Forgey said. “Providing a luncheon seems to encourage them to join us."

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