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Farming community looks to inspire future farmers

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MERRILL (WAOW) -

The aging farming population is reaching out to younger generations.

Lincoln County farmers hosted their annual June Dairy Breakfast in Merrill.

Farmers say community events, like the breakfast, can help inspire children about agriculture.

During the event, children got to climb on tractors, go on horse wagon rides and meet farm animals face to face at a petting zoo.

"I hope it's really fun for them, but educational too," said Jim Severt, a farmer at Grampa's Farm in Merrill. "The eggs don't come from Wal-Mart and everybody has to learn that there are farmers out there."

The average age of farm owners in Lincoln County is 57 years old, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

Ten years earlier, the average age was 51 years old.

Future Farmers of America Vice President Chelsey Graap says she wants to change that by teaching others.

"We're helping educate about the animals and how to respect animals and how to react around them," said Graap. "A lot of our future is farm life. We need to learn how to keep it that way. We have to keep it going."

Organizers say about 1,000 people attended the breakfast in Merrill.

Proceeds went to the FFA scholarship fund.

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