This is created from a farmer/rancher's point of view on Agriculture that we may reach today's family consumer that has misplaced or lost its agricultural roots. These family consumers are striving to understand just how their food is raised and cared for and delivered to their dinner plate. Today's American farmer/rancher raises food, fiber and shelter for 155 family consumers.
Welcome to the wide world of agriculture. These comments are created from a farmers/ranchers point of view. We strive to reconnect with the many family consumers that have lost or temporarily misplaced their agricultural connection to our farms and ranches. Today’s family consumers are continually striving to understand how their food is raised, cared for, prepared and delivered to their dinner table.
Today’s farmers/ranchers are both men and women of faith, diligence and patience. They prepare land (soil) and place seed in the soil with a faith that these seed will grow and raise a bountiful crop. They have the diligence to care for these plants as they grow, mature and reach harvest. Patience is required as these seed grow to plants and mature for harvest.
Today’s farmers/ranchers raise and care for many animals much the in same ways as their crops. They continually strive to improve effective use of converting natures forage crops and resources into healthy, nutritious foods.
By nature or due to nature agriculture is a turbulent business. Farmers/ranchers, raisers of food, have little control over their fate as much of their work is being influenced by many different weather patterns.
Farmers/ranchers analyze and plan according to the latest information available, reduce weather and market risk as much as possible. These farmers/ranchers raise food, fiber and shelter for 155 family consumers today.
“Agriculture, manufacturers, commerce and navigation are the four pillars of our prosperity are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise,” said Thomas Jefferson our third president.
“There are good men everywhere, I only wish they had louder voices” to quote Louis L’Amour, a novel writer.
About Me The writer would like to acknowledge the experiences throughout a lifetime of associations in agriculture. Having grown up in a rural community of East Tennessee taking part in many 4-H Club and FFA (Future Farmers of America) projects and events.
I attended the University of Tennessee college of agriculture, graduating with B.S. and M.S. degrees in animal science.
I had the opportunity to live and work on purebred (registered seed stock) cattle farms in Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado,Virginia and Alabama.
I had the pleasure and opportunity to join the staff of the University of Tennessee agriculture extension service as an extension agent working in the areas of 4-H club,resource management and adult agriculture programs.
Following retirement from extension service, working in the retail sales area for two years and as field representative for a livestock marketing company for a period of fourteen years. The livestock company operated a local community livestock auction market and a video market of feeder and stockier cattle within a five southeastern state area.
I have been involved with various farm related organizations during these times such as: various county livestock associations; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Tennessee Beef Industry Council; Tennessee Beef Promotion Board; Farm Bureau and other farmer/rancher organizations.
I share a deep commitment and passion for farmers/ranchers and their never ending work to raise, care for, prepare and deliver to family consumers a safe, wholesome and nutritious food.