Breakfasts feature pancakes, syrup and farm education

Want to enjoy a good pancake and sausage breakfast, great fellowship and an excellent program? Plan to attend the Trumbull County Food and Agriculture Committee (FAC) breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Gustavas Federated Church on the corner of state Routes 193 and 87.

Any resident of Trumbull and nearby counties is welcome to attend these breakfast meetings held the first Friday of every month at 8 a.m. except June, July and August. Reservations are not needed, just come. You will be welcome and will find the speakers interesting. Different topics are planned for each month and are for a variety of interests.

Chairman Ed Agler from Bristol has a nice sense of humor and adds some fun to these meetings.

For the Feb. 7 meeting, Davis Denman, who operates along with his family Denmandale Farm in Johnston, will be the speaker. More than a year ago, this family installed robotic milking machines to milk their nearly 200 cows. Davis will explain how robotic milking machines work and the experiences they have had with the three they installed.

With robotic milkers, the cows decide when they want to be milked, go into the robotic stall where they can eat grain, and are milked automatically. Robots do all the necessary steps to make sure clean, quality milk gets from the cow to the cooler without help from a person. Remarkable machines.

Davis will talk about how the cows have adapted to this new system, any problems they have had and how they deal with them.

Other programs coming up include one on March 7 by Ms. Donnie Winchell from the Ohio Grape Wine Association. She will talk about the Pairings Wine and Culinary Project in Geneva and what it is and will do for grape and wine industry as well as tourism in northeast Ohio.

April 4 will feature Curtis Thomas from BP providing an update on oil and gas well drilling in Trumbull County and answer any questions. The May 2 speaker is Frank Fuda, Trumbull County commissioner, discussing news from the commissioners office. An election of officers will also be held.

Through the cooperation of members of the church, they are flexible willing to serve these breakfasts without reservations. They know how to adapt to varying numbers of hungry people and serve some of the best sausage you have tasted.

So put these dates on your calendar and plan to enjoy a good breakfast and learn something about Trumbull and neighboring counties. You will enjoy them.

Parker is an independent agricultural writer.