(Posted Wed. Mar 20th, 2013)
Mar. 20: CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Hilary Maricle helped Governor Dave Heineman kick off his state’s National Ag Week festivities during a press conference held in Lincoln. Speaking on behalf of her fellow farmers and ranchers, Maricle stressed the pride farmers take in their work and their willingness to have a real conversation with consumers about their food.
“As a farmer, I take pride in the fact that I grow and raise food for my own family and for families across the country,” said Maricle. “As a CommonGround volunteer, I am excited to help consumers understand how I farm and why I strive to care for the land and our animals.”
Speaking after the conference, Maricle noted the importance of farmer activism.
“We must do a better job of answering questions and opening our farm gates because this is what allows us to build relationships for the future,” she explained. “Common Ground has helped me to develop our farm story to be shared in a way that is understood by those customers who want to learn. Through Common Ground, I have learned how to frame responses and better find common life experiences with customers that don't have a farm background.”
During the press conference, the Governor praised the work that farmers do and launched a new magazine, Nebraska Agriculture and You.
“Agriculture is our state’s largest industry,” said Gov. Heineman. “Our farmers and ranchers work hard to raise the food, fuel and fiber we all use in our everyday lives. For those efforts, they deserve our appreciation.”
CommonGround is a grass-roots movement to foster conversation among women — on farms and in cities — about where our food comes from. The National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their state affiliates developed CommonGround to give farm women the opportunity to engage with consumers through the use of a wide range of activities.
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