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Farming is good for soil, water, wildlife


Dear Editor,

Our nation was founded by farmers. And for nearly 100 years after the birth of the United States, we remained, like much of the rest of the world, largely a rural country.

We are no longer a rural nation, but agriculture is a crucial part of our local, state and national economy. Ever since Farm Bureau was founded in 1919, our members have realized that helping non-farmers understand the economic importance of agriculture was crucial to the future success of our industry. Many farm families are involved in 'Ag in the Classroom' and Project RED, because we realize that most consumers are far removed from the reality of modern farming.

As farmers, we would like to nourish the interest and good will that people have toward the rural way of life, and at the same time, assist in understanding the modern challenges and realities of agriculture in the 21st Century, and the impact that farming has on Michigan's economy.

Farming today is not only good for the state and local economy. Today's farming is better for soil, better for water and better for wildlife. Farmers are taking better care of the earth that provides our food and much of our fiber, and those changes mean environmental benefits that are enjoyed by the American public.

As people have become more removed from the farm, they are more prone to believe exaggerated claims about risks to the environment posed by farming. Too many times, news stories fail to recognize that environmental challenges are being addressed by farmers and modern farming techniques are producing environmental benefits.

Lapeer County Farm Bureau would like to suggest that agriculture be included in all aspects of local planning and zoning.

Farmland and open space preservation is just one of the many issues where the interests of farmers and non-farmers come together.

We all want a bountiful, safe and affordable food supply. Like you, we farmers are also interested in educational opportunities for our children. And we're vitally concerned about maintaining the quality of life for which Michigan is justly famous.

That is why it is so important that farmers and non-farmers work together to forge cooperative approaches to the issues that will challenge us in the future. With your help and understanding, these concerns will be addressed in a way that benefits everyone in our great state.

Thank you.

Lapeer County Farm Bureau
March 12, 2008

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