Many gathered at the 2017 Agribusiness Banquet at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School on Friday evening, to recognize the importance of agriculture in the community and applauding the achievements of the past year.
Thomas Dux, FFA Adviser, explained that the Agribusiness Banquet is an important event for Jefferson County because of the number of agricultural businesses that exist in the county.
“The Agribusiness Banquet has been going for many years,” said Dux. “It’s sponsored by the FFA Alumni. The whole purpose is to promote all of the ag businesses in the community, and businesses that take a part in agriculture because agriculture is such a huge part of Nebraska, and especially Jefferson County’s economy. So, this is a great way to have everyone come together and have a fun night for everyone.”
After the awards were presented, people had the chance to listen to music by David Seay, who performed songs about trains, including one about the Rock Island Line. The performance by Seay was funded through the Nebraska Humanities Council. Here is a clip from his song about the Rock Island Line:
Fairbury FFA members stayed busy throughout the banquet, ushering people to their seats, serving drinks and helping to clean up. Dux believes it is important for the FFA members to stay active and to grow connections with the community through events like the Agribusiness Banquet. He stated that the funds raised during the banquet help to fund FFA’s projects.
“The FFA has been involved with the Agribusiness Banquet since I was in high school,” Dux said. “We do this for the community and for the ag businesses in town. If there is profit from the banquet, that comes back to the FFA to help with sponsorship of conventions, or equipment. This also gives us a chance to do our FFA Hired Hand Auction. We really appreciate everybody coming to support the FFA and the FFA Alumni. I think everyone had a nice night.”