Published on: 22:58PM Jul 02, 2010
Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Among his many other talents, he was also a farmer. I thought it fitting as we come up on this Independence Day weekend to recognize independent farmers in America today, as Jefferson so vigorously did more than 200 years ago.
Independent farmers are integral to our rural communities. When farmers purchase inputs locally, local communities gain the revenue. When they buy tractors and combines locally, the dealership benefits. When money passes hands within a community, some of the hardest-working people in America stay in businesses, and rural communities remain an integral part of our future.
At Stewart-Peterson, we wish you a happy holiday weekend and profitable year.
Scott Stewart is president and CEO of Stewart-Peterson, a commodity marketing consulting firm based in West Bend, Wis. You may reach Scott at 800-334-9779, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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