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Bullermans to host Breakfast on the Farm

RUSHMORE — From cattle and pigs to tractors and drones — and of course, free pancakes, burgers and chips — Nobles County farm families are ready to showcase modern agricultural production during the Nobles County Farm Bureau’s Breakfast on the Farm.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30, the family-friendly free event at Bullerman Angus Farms will feature tours of the rural Rushmore farm. Tours will allow guests to look inside a swine confinement barn, see the black Angus cow-calf operation and learn about the Bullermans’ work in beef genetics to advance blood lines through artificial insemination and embryo transfer from donor to recipient cows.

“We’re going to have some calves and cows tied up for people to look at,” said Tyler Bullerman, adding that they will talk about what they’re doing on the farm and how it’s becoming more common in the beef industry.

“We’ll have a microscope set up for people to look through, and a couple of donors with all of their ET (embryo transfer) calves,” he said.

The Bullermans sell bulls and replacement females and currently have about 130 cow-calf pairs and 40 replacement heifers on their farms.

The livestock and farm-related equipment will be showcased at the Tom and Trish Bullmerman farm, while the free food will be served on Tyler’s farm just down the road. Food includes pancakes by Chris’ Cakes from 9 a.m. to noon and free burgers and potato chips, cooked in high oleic soybean oil, served from noon to 2 p.m. by the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen and Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers. Milk, cheese and ice cream treats will also be provided by the Nobles County American Dairy Association.

Shuttle service will be provided to transport people between the two farms.

Tyler Bullerman said they will have tractors and several pieces of equipment, from planters to sprayers, for visitors to see. In addition, Nobles County Farm Bureau will have farmers and ag professionals on hand to talk about the work farmers do to manage manure and chemicals, and provide a safe, abundant food supply.

“Less and less of the average American is involved in agriculture anymore,” Bullerman said. “We want to give them an opportunity to come out and see what we do and why we do what we do.”

He encourages visitors to ask questions at any time during the event.

“The reason this was started was to bring the consumers to the farm — so we can give them as much factual information so they can be an educated and informed consumers,” said Matt Widboom, a Farm Bureau member who is active with both the local beef and corn and soybean producer groups. “The whole focus is to show the consumer how the modern farmer is growing more food with less.”

There will be fun activities for the kids, including a large flatbed wagon sponsored by POET Biorefining of Bingham Lake and Ashton, Iowa, and filled with corn kernels and plastic farm machinery so kids can pretend to be farmers. Also, the Worthington Optimists and Elks groups provided funding for a pedal pull, which kids can participate in at anytime during the day.

Little kids and big kids alike will want to check out the truck displayed by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) that operates on a B20 biodiesel blend. MSGA has partnered with DieselSellerz to promote higher blends of biodiesel.

A drone demonstration is also planned, with information about how the new technology is helping farmers more efficiently scout crops for diseases.

Local celebrities — including the Rock-Nobles Beef Ambassadors and the Nobles County Dairy Princess — will also be at the event.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a bus to provide a free ride from the Worthington Walmart parking lot at 9 a.m., returning when people are ready to leave. The public is also welcome to drive to the farm, 19320 300th Street, Rushmore, where local FFA members will assist in parking cars.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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