(Posted Fri. Mar 29th, 2013)
Mar. 29: The number of family farmers growing the nation’s food is less than two percent of the overall population, so consumers may feel a little disconnected and out of touch with what goes on down on the farm. The good news is a dialogue is emerging that is connecting urban consumers with their rural cousins.
“In recent years farmers have gained a new appreciation for how important it is to give the public an opportunity to ask questions about crop and livestock production practices,” said Rick Tolman, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. “Farming has changed so there is an interesting story to tell. Tractors have gotten bigger, seeds have gotten better and technology and innovation have made our farmers the most productive in the world.”
Tolman, who visited Central Illinois media Thursday, noted most consumers like to hear farmers are efficient and helping the economy but what the public is happiest to learn is that the transition has also resulted in “greener” practices that result in cleaner air and water and saving soil for future generations. It’s a great success story that is just starting to be heard by the public thanks to modern communications like social media and organized outreach Tolman said.
To learn more about how your food makes it from farm gate to plate you can go the several great sources, including program in which NCGA is involved like the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and CommonGround.
For more information on USFRA, click here.
For more information on CommonGround, click here.