I think that before we can see agriculture move ahead we have to get every farmer from every organization together with the same message. One of the biggest problems is we do not have ture motivaters at the top of these organizations, no one can get people fired up with the same voice. To add to that I feel we have become to "political correct", no one wants to step on some one elses toes. That said I believe we will see ag prosper in the future with a bigger space between the large commercial operations and the smaller farms that will find the niche markets. We as farmers have to decide to take it upon ourselves to motivate and lead, we can not expect it to come from the top. Until we all rise up & protect our domestic markets and show the government that we mean buisness, nothing will change. The jobs of the top people from farm organizations have come to the point that the real good people would rather be home farming. I think we have to trim the number of organizations their are to spread out eveeryones time better. It makes no sense that as farm # decline we have more boards for people to sit on. My hats of to the GFO for bringing 3 into 1, we need more of this. We are all responsible for our future so until everyone takes control and quits complaining about what is not happening we will not be able to make any changes.
... I couldn't agree more. Agriculture, ALL SECTORS, need to unite and present a very strong voice to our government that we will not be silenced, ... We are losing Farmers, we are losing farmland, and we are losing money. ... It's time EVERYONE realized what we do for THEM, and are expected to do it CHEAPLY to boot. My question is: How do we do it? If we wait for the government to take action on their own, it'll never happen. We have to present them with solutions that they can understand. We understand agriculture, most non-farmers are clueless!
Avia Eek said " As a producer of carrots and onions in the Holland Marsh, I couldn't agree more. Agriculture, ALL SECTORS, need to unite and present a very strong voice to our government that we will not be silenced, or kept quiet, as we have in the past"
I like your statement but could I please add something? The definition of Agriculture.
When I found the definition of agriculture it really changed the way I looked at farming. It gave me a clearer perspective and a sense of direction.
Agriculture is defined as a class of people that till the soil and/or raise stock. It is about a farmer with skills applied to natural resources. It takes 2 components to have agriculture. The 'person' and natural resources.
Agriculture is not a zoning. Agriculture is not an industry.
"Sectors" of agriculture are in effect really sub-classes of farmers. A "person" is defined as an individual (or other entity) with a bundle of rights. Farmers are persons with a bundle of rights. Those rights can be found in the land grants signed between the farmer and the Crown. So a chicken farmer with special security attached (his quota) is really a sub-class of agriculture as an example.
Those rights are also protected under our constitution.
Our land is a form of security.
Section 7 of our constitution states" Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof.."
The land grants were given under a system called FREE and COMMON SOCAGE. Free means LIBERTY.
The security mentioned under sec. 7 means FINANCIAL security.
Agriculture is about PERSONS with rights found in the land grants under Socage giving them the right and liberty of their security.
Blackstone said as much which formed part basis of the american revolution.