Texas Farmers in Hopkins County will reach out to local residents to talk with them on how their food is grown during Texas Food Connection Day, February 17, 2016. They will seek to spur conversations by presenting checks to Meal A Day Centers in Sulphur Springs and Emory, and by sponsoring this week’s meal at the Dinner Bell. “Texas Food Connection Day” is about sharing what we do on our farms and ranches to grow food, fuel and fiber,” says Don Smith, Hopkins County Farm Bureau President. “Young people and adults have questions about their food and agriculture. This event gives farmers the opportunity to start a conversation with them.” Because food connects everyone – rural or urban, rich or poor. And, although Food Connection Day is only a once a year event, Hopkins County farmers are open to having more conversations. “We work hard every day to provide families with fresh, nutritious and affordable food,” Smith said. “We’re looking forward to connecting with our consumers today, tomorrow and in the future.” Texas Food Connection Day was established to connect farmers with their customers and spur conversations about agriculture and food-related issues including affordability, nutrition, animal welfare, profitability and productivity. For more information about local activities and media opportunities, contact the Hopkins County Farm Bureau office at 233 College Street.