(Posted Wed. Mar 20th, 2013)

Keywords: CommonGround Ag Week

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...