"Everyone of us that is not a farmer is not a farmer because we have farmers" Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Check out this video link below, this is an excellent speech from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack!
This speech from Sec. Vilsack came across my newsfeed this week and it had me thinking about the small portion of people who are trained, experienced and qualified to raise food for the people of this country. It's truly impressive the small number of people who rise food for so many and in places where food shouldn't grow we are using technology and conservation practices to make it grow. It's astounding! Going to the grocery store is something generations of people have taken for granted. Consumers have the convenience of driving a few minutes to the nearest store to pick up anything they might want for supper as compared to having to raise, plan, store, and preserve food for their suppers. By having their food that simple and cost effective, consumers are free to have more time to do their other jobs and taking care of their families.
I attended an on-farm meeting this week where a banker in attendance had a young woman with him. This young woman was the banker's intern for the summer and he was taking an opportunity to show her the inner workings of a dairy farm. When we were leaving the meeting I approached the young woman and thanked her for her time as well as asked her what she had learned from attending this meeting. Her words have stuck with me ever since we talked. "I will never take for granted my next glasses of milk! Wow! These people are truly tirelessly selfless! They do things I could never do and get up at crazy times of the day just to do work that they obviously love! I am truly floored!" That right there is exactly why we need to tell/share our farming stories, because it is so important that the consumers of today have the ability to see how and where their food comes from. If we just open our doors and minds, and listen to the concerns our consumers have we can make a priceless impression, just like this young woman.
This reason is also why I decided to spread my wings a little and agree to do an interview with a local fitness blogger. She wanted to interview a farmer who is using fitness in her life and as a result we had a good conversation about what I hope consumers learn from my work and the work of many other great farmers and ranchers. We want you to know we CARE! Feel free to check out the link below for Tough Muddette's blog, it's a good one! And expect me to keep telling me dairy's story!