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Country life means supporting agriculture

Every day, this country loses family farms, either because there is no one to take them over or the farms are just plain pushed out because of city or industry expansion.

There are fewer and fewer young people who have a passion for agriculture. Who can blame them? It's a hard living to make and there aren't many who appreciate the dedication and effort that goes into that lifestyle. It is not a career that someone goes into to become rich or to end up with a great retirement package.

It is more than a career, it is a LIFESTYLE. It is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There are no paid vacations, and there are no sick days. Animals have to be looked after and crops have to be harvested, no matter what hour the clock reads.

If someone is willing to jump in with both feet, to do a job with very little recognition or appreciation, then our communities should wholeheartedly support and welcome them. These young people come to agriculture not only with passion and drive, but with new ideas and innovations, often making them better stewards of the lands and animals than the generations before them.

American farmers and ranchers feed the world, and more of our neighbors need to start recognizing and appreciating. They don't ask for much, just to be able to do their job and live the life they love. Aren't we all entitled to that?

If someone doesn't want tractors waking them up in the middle of the night or if they don't care for the eau de farm that is part and parcel of living in the country, then stay in the city. These farmers and ranchers, as well as the wildlife, were here long before you. This is their territory, their world, and you need to adjust to it, not the other way around.

Welcome them, embrace them, get to know them and learn what they do. That's what communities should be encouraging, not trying to stifle someone trying to better his community.

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