While Mother Nature likely provides my biggest challenges at the feed yard, there exist a handful of other heavy issues that bring me frustration and pause as I manage my farm. The past week or so, my mind has been filled with two of these issues as I debated the best way to write about them.
My dad always taught me to think before I spoke. As a child, I remember him carefully choosing his words before he shared them. As an adult, I now think of him and draw upon that example as I prepare to share with each of you. My daughters will attest to the fact that “Mama always has an opinion”, but I am constantly assessing those opinions to further define my stance when I struggle with contentious issues.
I had a plan to dedicate the next couple of weeks to two topics that both challenge and upset me in my journey as a farmer:
1. Combative and intrusive federal government regulation (as demonstrated recently by the Environmental Protection Agency).
2. Fear based marketing strategies (carried out by companies such as Chipotle).
I have dedicated time to researching the topics and rolled ideas around in my head periodically for days. But today, I have to ask each of you to be patient with me as I am not yet at a place to share many written words on the topics. Despite not being ready to publish a detailed blog on each of the above topics, I do want to share a couple initial thoughts as well as issue a promise that I will address them in further detail as soon as my brain finishes processing them…
- America works when everyone works — preferably in a collaborative nature blending our goals and perspectives to make our country a better place. A federal government who gains strength through bullying tactics both defies the Constitution and inhibits its’ citizens ability to prosper.
- There is nothing more powerful to share than the truth — There is nothing more valuable than looking at the facts in order to make an educated decision. Companies that market and increase value for their own products by creating unmerited fear and guilt in their customers take away from each American’s personal freedom of choice.
This Friday, we celebrate Independence Day. As we gather amongst friends and family to celebrate our past and provide hope for the future, let us all remember what makes our country strong —
Each individual American freely working with pride and integrity…