At Nebraska Farmer, and in our sister publications with Farm Progress around the country, we write every day about farmers and ranchers who truly care about the earth, about the soil and water, about their home communities and their children. Contrary to what some activists might believe, we know that farmers are using high tech tools and every method possible to produce more food, more efficiently, using fewer resources than ever before. We know this because we know you. We are on your farms and ranches and we’ve interviewed you in every part of our state.
As I’ve written here before, I think our urban friends and neighbors may not be aware of how deeply the roots of stewardship run on today’s farms and ranches. And, I think there are general myths about modern agriculture that need to be addressed with the truth. When a well-meaning urban friend asked me last year if farmers used computers, it struck me like a load of bricks how much work we have to do to explain what we do on the farm and why we do it. When an urban friend is concerned about moving to a house in the country because they fear farm chemicals, that sends an alarm off in my head that we, as farmers, need to launch major information campaigns on every front, to dispel the untruths being spread out there.
So, trying to put my actions where my mouth is, I am writing an additional blog entry on the last Friday of every month, specifically addressing these issues, aimed at helping our urban customers understand the heroes in agriculture that we’ve come to know and appreciate. We write so many positive stories every year, but they are written for farmers, to help producers be more profitable. That’s what we do. But this monthly blog entry @HuskerHomePlace will be written for urban folks, telling back stories and the rest of the story to folks who may not know much about how food is raised.
That’s where you come in. If you read these blog entries and like them, please feel free to forward them to an urban friend. Maybe this will be my little way of contributing to a greater understanding of how important food production is today, and how crucial all means of production will be tomorrow. I’d appreciate any feedback you might have from your own perspective, or from the perspective of an urban consumer. Although this Friday is actually the first Friday in March, I will kick things off this upcoming Friday and get back to the fourth Friday of the month schedule from here on out. Hope you’ll enjoy this meager attempt at sharing the good news about food producers and food production with folks who may not fully understand where their food comes from.
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