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The Glass Barn Invites Farmers to Step Right Up and Get Involved this Summer

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Media Contact: Melanie Fitzpatrick, mfitzpatrick@indianasoybean.com, 317-614-0377

 

The Glass Barn Invites Farmers to Step Right Up and Get Involved this Summer

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 28, 2018) — The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) is looking for volunteers to help bring the story of farmers to life at the amazing Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair, August 3-19. Join in the fun as the Fair celebrates this year’s Circus theme while helping visitors learn about modern farming life and the best practices and technologies farmers use to grow our food while protecting the land.  Volunteers working a 4-hour shift will receive a free t-shirt, ticket to the Fair, and a meal coupon.

 

This year, ISA needs more than 200 volunteers to help visitors play the ever-popular “BeanGo” game, take their photos in the PictureU booths and answer questions about Indiana agriculture during the Fair.

 

“Farmers are vital members of the Bean Team because they truly embody the face and voice of the story we are telling at the Glass Barn,” says Hannah Vorsilak, ISA Director of Education. “Participating on the Bean Team is fun and easy. We hope to have a record number of farmer volunteers this year.”

 

Since opening five years ago, thanks to soybean checkoff dollars, the Glass Barn has engaged visitors through fun interactive displays, games and programs and introduced them to today’s farming methods and the many uses of soybeans. In addition, throughout the 17-day State Fair program, visitors to the Glass Barn can engage with real farmers who share their stories. 

 

Even if you can’t volunteer, ISA encourages farmers to visit the Glass Barn while at the Indiana State Fair. This year, 30 soybean farmers will win the opportunity to send a class from their local school district to experience a free Glass Barn field trip. Entry to win is easy. Soybean farmers should simply come to the welcome desk at the Glass Barn during this year’s Fair and fill out a form. Any farmer that enters will also receive a free milkshake coupon for the popular State Fair Dairy Bar.

 

ISA also wants to put a face to Indiana farm families by featuring farming family photos in their informational booth throughout the entire 17 days of the Indiana State Fair.  Just submit your family photos by July 27.

 

To sign up for the Bean Team, visit www.glassbarn.org and click on the “Connect with Us” tab or email beanteam@indianasoybean.com by July 20. Farmers who want to submit their family photos should email them to glassbarn@indianasoybean.com by July 27, 2018.

 

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The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, biofuels, environmental programs, and new uses for soybeans. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the nearly 600 dues paying members. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com.

 

This communication was funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.