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Just a farmer? No a stereotype buster.

I am honored to say I am just a farmer.

As a farmer I am I am a proud member of a small group of people throughout the world who work hard every day to grow and raise the food people eat. As a group farmers are some of the kindest most caring people you will ever meet. We care greatly for our land, communities, environment and animals. Farmers go to great lengths to do what is right for those valuable resources. Whether it be to spend long hours night and day with calvings, sick animals or just maintain the infrastructure needed to provide feed and water to those animals. Every day many hours of hard work are put in across this great nation and world on and off the farm constantly reevaluating how we as farmers  operate and how we can do things more efficiently not only financially, environmentally as well. At any given time of the day you can find farmers working in their communities as firefighters, school board members, community volunteers, and elected representatives. Farmers truly have a unique bond of shared values for family, community and environment that is not replicated in many other places. Todays farmer is much more than the “Green acres” or Rockwell stereotype would suggest we use technology in our tractors and farms at rates that will make Steve Jobs and Bill Gates proud. Farmers are implementing software programs to farm smarter more efficient and at the same time benefiting the environment.

This is why I am proud to be just a farmer!


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.


2 thoughts on “Just a farmer? No a stereotype buster.

  1. Hi!

    I love your blog, and twitter post but i can’t find a follow button!!!!???
    maybe it’s just me, but i would be nice to have one….


    Posted by leontien | February 24, 2011, 5:05 PM
    • Leontien,

      On the right side of the page just under the header is a box labeled “email subscription”.

      Thanks for your kind words and also for telling your story on your blog.

      Posted by raylindairy | February 24, 2011, 6:58 PM

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