With planting season winding down, Bruce and Carol Peterson welcomed a special guest to their family farm in Northfield, Minn., last week: Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell.
Yes, Miss America visited a Minnesota corn farm last week. And it was awesome.
Cantrell, who is from Georgia, was in Northfield to promote the First Peas to the Table Contest, which is new national school competition that encourages children in kindergarten through fifth grade to plant, raise and harvest peas this spring. The contest is being run as a partnership between Miss America and the American Farm Bureau Foundation.
Before visiting the Peterson’s farm, Cantrell stopped by Sibley Elementary in Northfield, which is participating in the contest.
On the agenda at the Peterson’s farm was a discussion of raising corn and soybeans, pigs and cattle. Cantrell also learned more about renewable fuels like homegrown ethanol made from corn grown right here in Minnesota.
“We were honored to have Miss America on our farm,” said Bruce, who is past president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and continues to serve on the board of directors. “The work done on family farms throughout Minnesota makes an impact throughout the entire United States and the whole world. It was fitting to have Miss America out here, walking our fields, posing for photos with our tractors and learning more about life on the farm.”