Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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June 25, 2014

Now that summer is here, ready for cooler weather

I can’t see much difference in the weather now that summer is here.

As far as I am concerned, we’ve had summer for a long time. I’m ready for cooler weather already. I knew I liked winter better than summer. I didn’t get as cold then as I’ve gotten hot so far. The garden continues to flourish, and the small showers help it along.

We had a good time at Home and Family Conference this year, and it was bittersweet knowing that it was our last time on campus. There were some highlights as well as some disappointments.

To start our time, we went on a tour to a shrimp farm. It is interesting to see how they are grown. When the babies come, they are tiny little shapes with a dark spot in them and look just like a bit of egg white and the same consistency. It doesn’t take long until they are big enough to be moved to a new tank, and then to another one. I guess if someone wanted to get involved in a new career, this is the business to get into. It takes a lot of capital to get started, but the income begins in about a year and a half. This couple invested all the money they had and their inheritances in the farm, and are now selling all the shrimp they grow and could sell a lot more.

These aren’t the shrimp you see in the store, though. Those are imported from unknown sources. I thought we had a shrimp farm here in Decatur County, but they explained that ours was a prawn farm, which are much larger than the ones we saw.

Our business session was pretty much as we’ve always had, but included the vote to raise our state dues, which we knew was coming. It was no surprise, and there was almost a unanimous vote to raise them. Following the business was the opening luncheon and the speaker for this was Katie Stam, former Miss America from Jackson County, Indiana. She told of her rise from a 4-H’er showing dairy cattle on to Miss America. She still speaks about the program telling her experiences.

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