Guest column: Focus on livestock farmers who reach out to neighbors
AARON PUTZE is executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. Contact: aputze@support farmers.com
Nearly 50,000 Iowa farm families go about the hard work each day of raising livestock, dairy and poultry in a way that's good for the environment, their neighbors and communities.
Many of these farms are owned and managed by families who have been involved in agriculture for generations. They're deeply rooted in their neighborhoods, sending children to local schools, supporting area businesses, volunteering in church and community activities and enjoying their state's many cultural and recreational amenities.
Stories about these families rarely make headlines. However, that doesn't make them any less real or important. Read More
Telling the positive story of agriculture will only be done by those of us involved in the business of feeding people. Several states have formed organizations that consist of several different commodity groups to do just that. Educating consumers about what we do is a job that was neglected for a long time but producers are starting to realize how important it is. The work we do off our operations telling our story can be just as productive as the work we do each day on them.