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Thirty five thousand foot view


Today I am headed to Atlanta, GA for the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting along with many other farmers and ranchers throughout the USA. On two of my flights to Atlanta I was given the privilege of being upgraded to First Class by United Airlines.

As I sit in First Class I cannot help to compare the service I received to the care my family provides to the cows on our dairy. The seats in first class are roomy and comfortable just like the individual frequently groomed beds our cows have lie down in. The flight attendant addressed any needs and concerns we had and was quick to bring us refreshments or food. Our cows also have full access to a healthy nutritious diet, however unlike the food on the airplane their diet is formulated just for them by a nutritionist.

I am extremely excited to meet with other Farm Bureau members to help craft the policy that will direct the nation’s largest farmer member organization in the coming years.  In addition to creating policies at the AFBF Annual Meeting I have been invited to be a guest blogger along with other farmers. We will be crafting our firsthand accounts of the speeches and various events going on in Atlanta during the meeting and co-located events like the AgConnect Trade Show.

 

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About raylindairy

Ray is a partner with his parents in Ray-Lin Dairy in Denair, Ca. The operation milks 475 cows and double crops corn & winter forage on 130 of the 240 acres with about 90 acres of pasture. The family also has 1200 ac operation in Klamath Falls OR that raises alfalfa hay, wheat hay, and oat hay. Ray is currently secretary of the Agchat Foundation an entity he helped found whose mission is to empower farmer to use social media. He is currently a on the board of directors of CA Dairy Campaign, Dairy CARES, and is the 2nd Vice-President of Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. He is also a member of the National Dairy Board. In addition to his involvement in agricultural organizations’ he is the Chairperson of the Governance Committee at a newly formed charter school his daughter attends, and serves as a director for the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District. Ray and his wife Erica live on the dairy with their two children.

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