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Even at an early age, Cheryl Day was a passionate and practical advocate for agriculture. Check out her viewpoint on current agricultural topics.
Winter tends to be the season of meetings for the agriculture community. It also is the time of year that legislative agendas are in full swing. Each state has a different legislative schedule. In Illinois, we are at the beginning of the spring session, which keeps me knee-deep in mind-numbing reading material.
One of my loyal blog readers reminded me that I have been quite quiet lately. It is true that my blogging activity has been low due to a heavy meeting agenda, but I will never be silent.
Cheryl , I know I poked you with a stick a little n my last post. I do agree with the vast majority of your blogs. However I have the experience of being a farmer who lives in a urban area. Most of my friends and neighbors are many generations removes from the farm and have almost no clue how their food arrived in the grocery store. Modern meat production doesn't square with their memories from childhood books about farm life. We as an industry need to be more in touch with their concerns or we will be seen as reactionary, and that will play right into the hands of the groups you are quite right o be warning us about. As a farmer the conditions that chickens and hogs spend their lives in before becoming the meat we consume sometimes make me uneasy, how will it play to the average suburban mom?