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County Farm Bureau hands out $20 bills

Farm Bureau Board Members Vicki Lance, left, and Teresa Meier paid $20 toward the food purchase of customer Alexia Sander, who said this “made her day.” The cashier for the purchase was Darin Tucker, right. Photo by Gregory Dullum

Twenty-five shoppers were pleasantly surprised last Wednesday evening as they checked out at Harps grocery store in Jackson.

A Cape County Farm Bureau board member interrupted their purchase to ask if they could give them a $20 bill to be used toward the purchase of their food.

If the customer agreed — and who wouldn’t? — the cashier was handed a $20 bill to pay for the first $20 of the customer’s purchase, and the customer paid for the rest.

Each customer was also given a blue insulated tote bag with the Farm Bureau logo and a flyer explaining the program.

Giving away the cash were Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau Board Members Teresa Meier, Wendy Auf-denberg, Lisa Reitzel and Vicki Lance.

The Board had voted to give away $500 in $20 bills as part of the 2024 Thank a Farmer Week, which had the theme, “From Seed to Supper.”

Customers were selected at random, but those who were selected had to purchase at least $20 of food (excluding alcohol).

“As farmers, we want you to know that we need and appreciate all the support given to us to provide the safest, most affordable food in the world,” stated the flyer.

A graph included on the flyer broke down where every dollar that consumers spend on food purchases goes. Meier stressed that only 7.9¢ of every food purchase dollar goes to farmers. Food processing gets 14.4¢, packaging gets 2.7¢, transportation gets 3.5¢, wholesale trade gets 10.7¢, retail trade gets 12.4¢, food services get 34.1¢, energy gets 3.8¢, finance and insurance gets 3.2¢, advertising gets 3.4¢ and other things get the remaining 3.9¢.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of Missouri,” stated the flyer in words taken from a commentary written by Missouri Farm Bureau President Garret Hawkins. “With more than 87,000 farms – the second-most in the nation – Missouri is a major producer of agricultural products. From hay to rice, goats to turkeys, corn, cotton and cattle, both beef and dairy, and so much more, these products contribute billions of dollars to the state’s economy.

“It’s about stewardship of the land, sustainability, and the values that have built our communities. It’s about families working together, from generation to generation, to bring food to our tables and care for the earth that sustains us.”

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at cashbook@mvp.net.

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