Informing the public about what actually happens on American farms and how high-quality, safe, delicious food is produced; promoting agriculture and its benefits; educating consumers on healthy food options available to them; and viewing a slice of reality many people are out of touch with these days – these are just a few reasons why it’s crucial to share the stories of our American farmers.
“We are such a small percentage of the population yet we have a great impact on everyone’s life,” said Korey Statton, dairy goat farmer from Hanover, Wisconsin.
Each year more of the public becomes further removed from this industry, a trend that should actually be going in the opposite direction. Working to ensure people return to their farming roots by understanding how farms operate and the wonderful products they produce for all of us is a primary reason to share farming stories.
Meat and dairy products are very healthy food choices, a concept that needs to be heavily promoted in grocery stores and in their advertisements. Consumers must clearly understand where their food comes from, how it’s produced and how healthy it is to consume.
Anybody who works to share these stories of our farmers understands how tough it can be to present accurate, up-to-date information to the public that’s relatable and understandable. Since each new generation is more removed from agriculture than previous generations, it becomes increasingly difficult to share the ever-changing messages of modern agriculture.
The chance to share farming stories should not be taken lightly. It’s an opportunity to connect people with the realistic perspective of how the world works, and spread the word about the good work farmers do every day to ensure the public gets the food, fuel and fiber it needs to survive. It’s a chance to express the passion found in the heart of every farmer, the very force that allows him/her to get up every morning and continue on with this important work. This is an opportunity to positively impact our nation’s most important industry. Without farmers, we would all be naked and hungry.
“Farming requires a strong mind, big heart and profound patience to weather long hours, harsh conditions and unpredictable prices. There is a spiritual presence on the farm and in the land. Here faith, commitment and integrity provide strength for the unwavering labor that is the foundation of life itself.” ~Bonnie Mohr
By; Mary Hookham