I want to commend Jeff Fowle for this post from his blog. I wholeheartedly agree with everything he says. We in Agriculture need to realize we must remain strong in the face of opposition. If we are not united in our voice we can not accomplish this goal if we are divided. No matter the style, size, or form of farming & ranching we must speak with one voice. Organizations like Farm bureau allow this to be the case, the policies that were decided upon had been debated for nearly a year before being finalized in Seattle. We do not always agree on every point however at the end of the day decisions have to be made and the majority vote decides that. the organization then moves forward together for the betterment of the whole Agricultural industry.
The American Farm Bureau Federation opened the doors to the media, including representatives from publications of opposition. It was and is the intent of the American Farm Bureau to welcome individuals with open arms to engage in positive dialogue and demonstrate the tremendous grass root foundation that exemplifies Farm Bureau’s purpose to make progress based on freedom and dignity of the individual, sustained by basic moral and religious concepts.
Certainly, it was disappointing to see several articles published that portrayed the American Farm Bureau Federation in a negative light. However, family farmers and ranchers will continue to encourage positive dialogue, even with those who are in opposition, in the hope that understanding can be reached in an effort to share the positive message that farmers and ranchers have with the public. Family farmers and ranchers are and always shall be optimistic, welcoming and looking for opportunities to engage the public in a civil manner with the hope for beneficial outcomes.
As Terry Bradshaw stated in his address to the delegation, “Life is too short not to smile and be appreciative for the bountiful blessings bestowed upon us by our creator.” We should all be thankful for the work of America’s farmers and ranchers for providing the country and the world with a bountiful supply of safe and healthy food. Thank a farmer!