In a message to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Pope Francis criticized the fact that rural and family farmers who produce food are likely to suffer from a scarcity of food for themselves.
While farmers are grateful to live in the country, “most are hurt badly by lower prices and the chaos in the processing and delivery of their particular products,” said Joe Borgerding, a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish in Elrosa for 64 years.
Randy and Amanda Hartung are the hosts of this year’s event. Mass begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by guest speaker Joe Gill, Catholic Century Farm Awards, lunch and entertainment by the Slew Foot Family Band.
The theme for this year’s Rural Life Celebration is “Caring for God’s Creation: Sharing in the Stewardship of God’s Country,” something the Joe and Toni Borgerding family have been working on for over 40 years.