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Ronan celebrates ag community with 44th appreciation dinner

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RONAN — Area farmers and ranchers gathered in the Ronan Community Center for the 44th Annual Agriculture Appreciate Dinner on Friday, March 29.

The Ronan Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event to express appreciation for the positive impact the ag community makes in the local economy. Dinner, prizes, socializing and awards round out the evening.

This year, Jack and Susan Lake were named Farmers of the Year. The Lakes accepted the award with plenty of cheer from family and other farmers. 

“We want to thank everyone for this award,” Jack said, “and we are happy to see everyone tonight.”

“We have been putting this on for 44 years, so we just run with it” said Ronan Chamber member Jamie Buhr. “But the most time-consuming part is getting all the food together for the night.” 

Katie Jo Elliott, event coordinator, said: “I love getting our local ag producers together every single year and getting them to come out after a long winter.”

“We didn’t really plan to have it with Easter this year,” she added, “but it came down to when the community center was available. We like having it near the end of March so farmers are able to make it and hopefully not be super busy with calving.”

“We like coming out with family and getting to talk with everyone about how they are doing and how their season has been,” said Local farmer Latham Blevins.

Trenton Harding, another farmer, said: “I am tickled pink that Ronan has been doing this for so long. Go out and thank a farmer because without farmers you wouldn’t have food to eat.”

The evening meal consisted of steak, a baked potato, salad and a roll. Fish was also available for anyone observing Lent. The meal ended with dessert.


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