If we don’t become leaders and advocate for our way of life, some one else will and we might not like what their message is.
Everyday our industry becomes an even hotter topic for those that don’t understand or are quick to judge our practices, so by doing our best to learn from past mishaps we can continue to influence minds and build up our industry.
We need to find, recognize, and encourage leaders in our communities to get involved and speak up on whatever level they can and within whatever time frame they can give. I would like everyone to have a seat at the table.
It’s important for farmers and ranchers to continue to educate ourselves on communication and advocacy. If we don’t tell our side of the story, someone else will tell their version of it.
I feel through Farm Bureau we can help answer the calls and questions with factual and up-to-date data. I believe it is up to us to represent our industry and tell our story.
We all depend upon both a healthy natural world (environment) and economical agricultural production (affordable food and clothing). This is why it is so critically important that agriculture communicates both how and what it is doing to better protect our natural world.