Farmers, It Takes All Kinds To Get The Job Done
I'm meeting with someone from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management tomorrow. They do routine checks just to make sure all farms are running as they should be. It's our turn now.
Of course I'm a little nervous. I always want to be sure I have everything just as it should be.
I know there is a lot of negative talk about farmers today. Talk about how we abuse the land, the waterways and even our animals.
While I can't say that never happens, I can say it hardly ever happens.
As with every type of job there are some who don't do a good job, you find that everywhere. I don't deny that sometimes happens in farming. I don't defend poor farming practices.
What I do want to do is promote the good farming practices that the vast majority of farmers use.
There are all kinds of laws and protections put in place to see that our land and the surrounding land is in no way harmed because of our farm.
We know the exact amount of litter/manure that leaves our farm. We know exactly how it is transported where it is delivered and where it will be applied.
We know the lay of our land and the underground water systems.
We take soil and litter samples so we know what the soil needs and what is in the litter.
We keep our barns clean our birds warm and dry and in the summer we keep them cool.
They have plenty of room to move around we take great care of them.
Dairy farmers, hog farmers, beef producers, grain farmers and produce farmers big and small it takes all of us working together to feed the world.
No one type of farm can do it all.
We're blessed to live in a land were we have farmers planting thousands of acres and milking hundreds of cows and at the same time we have families milking a few cows and selling their milk and eggs.
Farmers Markets dot our cities and towns. Our family is a charter member of our local Farmers Market. We sell all of our produce at home now but we still love the markets.
It doesn't matter if you farm small or farm big the responsibility to the land and the animal is the same.
Big family farms care about their many animals just the same as the small family farmers care about theirs.
There is a place for all of us. There is a job for each of us to do.
We live in the land of plenty and with that comes plenty of choices. What a sad day it would be if we lost those choices, if we all had to farm just a like.
You don't want to farm like us you want to farm like you.
The person who buys what I sell may not want to buy what you sell, or the one who buys from you may not want to buy from me.
Farming is the most diverse occupation/lifestyle out there, unfortunately it has also became the most divisive.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Farming is a wonderful way of life, and there are all kind of ways to live it.
I've been blessed to see all sides of farming big and small and I love it all.
Thank a farmer this week, even if he does it differently than you. Lets give each other the respect that is deserved for everyone who does what we do.
I'll go first, Thank You to all of you that feed your family, feed your neighbors, your community and the world.
I appreciate you each and everyone.