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Lord's Acre Day
A 61-year tradition at a small rural church in Archer, Iowa, will continue this year when individual members of United Methodist Church donate the yield from an acre of crop land to the church. Some farmers donate pigs, cattle or sheep as well. The acres, or livestock, are chosen in the spring. The minister blesses the soil and seed as the growing season begins.
  Ninety-year-old Carl Askeson attended the first Lordís Acre Day in 1952. He told Agri News (www.agrinews.com) that the idea started as a way to raise funds for a new church. Today the funds are either donated to missions or used for church maintenance projects. A celebration is held in the fall called Lordís Acre Day where proceeds from the donated farm products are tallied up and church women bring crafts and baked goods for a silent auction. ďItís good to take a day out of the year to thank God for the blessings we have received,Ē minister C. Cory Flanigan told Agri News.


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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3