Nurturing American agriculture

The American farmer needs more allies like the late Paul Harvey.

As smart a marketing move as it was for Dodge to put together a commercial to stir the hearts, thoughts and comments of so many, I would encourage the automaker to not stop with the wonderful commercial it put together for the SuperBowl, or its generous program to help fund FFA programs and promote American agriculture in general. I think what Dodge has started can grow into something great and new seeds of respect for American agriculture flourish into a national movement to protect and preserve this nation’s independence.

I furthermore would like to encourage anyone with even a modicum of passion or concern for American agriculture to step up to the plate and promote American agriculture.

Aside from the obvious — our supply of food and fiber — American agriculture is intricately connected with our ability to sovereignly govern ourselves. We need not rely upon the whims of a tin-horn dictator or other form of government to feed us. We are fully capable of feeding ourselves, and that means a lot!

American agriculture also has much to teach us about hard work, dedication, respect, ingenuity, and family, to name just a few. For instance, walk on any high school campus with an active and thriving FFA program and compare the students in those classes to others. As a group they are more respectful, driven, hard-working and focused than any other grouping of students on campus. Some of the students I met on high school campuses years ago while working in Ag media are now members of their local Farm Bureau board, and are involved heavily in the improvement of their communities.

It was years ago I recall hearing Paul Harvey expound on his radio program about the importance of American agriculture to our culture and what I’ve come to understand as our way of life, as well as our national security and sovereignty. As we battle with our elected leaders over our need for energy independence, let’s not forget that our agricultural independence must be nurtured and promoted.

The fact that it’s so easy to take for granted the availability and abundance of food in our local grocery stores and at our nearby farmer’s market should serve as a warning that we are capable of forgetting just how important American agriculture is to our lives. Imagine the horror of closed grocery stores due to a lack of food. The chaos this would create in America is staggering.

I’m not a farmer. I’m merely a consumer with a passion for American agriculture and a respect for the farmers that produce our food and fiber. I’m impressed by their ingenuity, intrigued by how they produce their various commodities and attracted to their sense of common decency and demeanor.

While it’s quite appropriate to thank Dodge for raising this specter of discussion about and respect for the American farmer, and particularly for its dedication to American agriculture by naming 2013 as “The Year of the Farmer,” we all need to do our part to further the ability of the American farmer to feed and clothe the United States and much of the world.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more! I love that you still hold such a passion for agriculture whether you live on a farm or not. The National FFA Organization does so much for it’s members and provides learning opportunities that I know I wouldn’t have gotten through a regular classroom. What a night for agriculture on Sunday, Dodge has been such a great supporter of the organization and is helping in a great movement for agriculture. Thanks for sharing!

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