Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Farmers + Politics = An Essential Combination
Farmers become involved in politics for no other reason than they have to. For it is those at the table that make and influence decisions.We live in a time when most of our state and national representation are from urban and suburban areas.
It is also a time that the majority of our representatives are so disconnected with agriculture, farming, ranching and agribusiness that we need to become involved, share our stories and ask questions regarding proposed legislation and current law. Farmers are involved in politics to limit the constant threat of an over burdensome government. We live in a time where environmental, animal welfare, food safety, and nutritional special interest groups are driving policy and practices based on the amount of money they can sink into a campaign and the amount of fear they can drive into people's hearts.
Farmers become involved in politics as a way to connect with those representing them.
Farmers become involved in politics because if it is not us, the farmers, then it is everyone else. If we don't get involved now, then when?
So, step up and get involved. Agriculture today and tomorrow needs you!