Farm Bureau brings “Free Meat Monday” to HPS


Frank Turner 

The Hettinger Farm Bureau chapter hosted their “Free Meat Monday” for the students at Hettinger Public School. In the spirit of FFA week, local ranchers, Frank Laufer and Mitch Miller, served a roast beef dinner to educate students on local agriculture and where their food comes from. 

“It’s a way to support the agricultural aspect of the county and support farmers and ranchers,” said Laufer.  

This was the second year the Hettinger Farm Bureau hosted the “Free Meat Monday” event. According to Laufer, the event originated as a way to combat former first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce the amount of meat in school lunch menus.  

“We want [students] to know that your meat comes from cattle and it takes a producer to do that. The idea is for the young kids in school to understand where their food comes from.” 

With their lunch, students were also given stickers that read, “I met a farmer today,” with the farm bureau logo on it. The Farm Bureau provided the beef and the school’s food service was in charge of preparing the meal. According to Laufer, the lunch ladies did a great job and the meal was “excellent.”