This guest editorial from Capital Press on March 23 is spot on. Anne Marie Ross, communications director for Oregon Farm Bureau expresses the thoughts of many in her comments about the five things she learned about farmers and ranchers.
Read the whole editorial, but here are the five things:
1. There is room and need for all types of farming (conventional, organic, commercial-scale, direct-to-consumer, etc.)
2. Big doesn't mean bad. (97% of Oregon farms are family owned and managed, some are large but that doesn't mean we don't need them)
3. Part of sustainability is profitability.
4. There's no such thing as a simple farmer.
5. There's more that unites agriculture than divides it.
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