Connecting agriculture to America’s pastime
On September 23, 2022, King-Pierce Farm Bureau hosted and “Ag in the Ballpark” event at Cheney Stadium. In addition to a great win for the Tacoma Rainer’s, Washington Farm Bureau President Rosella Mosby threw the first pitch! Throughout the night, agricultural facts and reminders played over the loudspeakers and as you entered the gates, a friendly Farm Bureau face greeted fans. This successful event met consumers where they were and combined entertainment with agriculture education.
The great American pastime, baseball would not be enjoyed without farmers and ranchers. What’s a baseball game with out a crunchy snack like popcorn or peanuts and an ice-cold beer made from Washington hops? Agriculture is at the heart of baseball and Ag in the Ballpark is a perfect way of connecting baseball lovers to those who provide food, fuel, fiber and the luxuries we enjoy at a baseball game.
King-Pierce County Farm Bureau, Promotion and Education (P&E) Chairman, Josh Howard was key in organizing this event. He is the Vice-Chair of the State P&E Committee and has attended various American Farm Bureau (AFBF) events. While attending the AFBF conference in 2020, Josh was inspired by ideas shared by other state Farm Bureau’s, one of them being Ag Day at the Ballpark.
“I have always been a baseball fan and an opportunity to bring agriculture into baseball was one I couldn't pass up. Living in an urban county, this was a chance to reach a sizeable portion of the community that is often less connected to where food comes from,” said Howard.
In addition to King-Pierce Farm Bureau members, County Presidents from across the state and WFB staff attended the game. “Overall, the feedback that I have received is very positive. The Rainiers were an amazing group to work with that really strove to make this night special and a success. Just getting to spend time at a ballgame with other Farm Bureau people was so much fun,” said Howard.
This event is a great example of the grassroots of Washington Farm Bureau in Action. When county leaders are passionate, they’re able to accomplish great things. King-Pierce Farm Bureau has plans to continue their community outreach and work with the state P&E committee to develop programs and events to promote agricultural literacy in Washington state.