PUTNAM COUNTY — I had the opportunity to chaperone a trip to our nation’s capitol this past week with 7th and 8th graders from St. Mary’s School in Leipsic. It was a phenomenal experience, to see firsthand many of our nation’s treasures, including monuments, museums, and places of government.

The many tributes and memorials to US service men and women, both past and present, were touching. They remind us of the countless Americans who sacrificed their lives so we may enjoy the freedoms this country has to offer.

The tributes to heroes throughout Washington, D.C. also allow us to reflect on the heroes in our own Putnam County communities. Many have or currently serve in the military. Still others serve in our schools, churches, neighborhoods, local governments, businesses, and our fields.

This weekend, we have the distinct honor of recognizing three individuals who dedicated their lives to making significant contributions to the field of agriculture – locally, nationally and internationally. The newly created Putnam County Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct its very first members this coming Saturday, April 14 at 9 am during the annual Farmers’ Share Breakfast.

Putnam County’s first Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct Richard A. Unverferth of Kalida and Lawrence A. Holl of Leipsic posthumously, and Sylvester Liebrecht, Jr. of Continental. Each of these individuals have significantly contributed to agriculture in Putnam County, as well as nationally and internationally, during their lifetimes. Their contributions will be not only be celebrated this coming Saturday, but for years to come.

The Farmers Share Breakfast allows members of our community to enjoy a free, hearty breakfast on Saturday, April 14 in St. John’s Fellowship Hall in Glandorf (in the old school) from 8 am to 10 am. The breakfast also provides an opportunity to learn about the types of food our farmers grow and the amount of each dollar that goes back to the farm.

The breakfast and ceremony are hosted by the Putnam County Farm Bureau, OSU Extension – Putnam County, and Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District. Please spread the word to friends and family – and come with an appetite!

For additional information, please call our office for assistance at 419-523-6294, by email at Scheckelhoff.11@osu.edu or stop in at 1206 East Second Street in Ottawa. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for OSU Extension Putnam County.