Give thanks to cus­to­di­ans of the land

Midwest Times - - OPINION/ NEWS - Rae­lene Hall

If I had one wish for Christ­mas it would be that ev­ery per­son who puts food in their mouth dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son con­sid­ers how they got that food.

Some­one, some­where has pro­duced that food. For ar­gu­ment’s sake, let’s call ev­ery per­son grow­ing any kind of food for your con­sump­tion a farmer.

Farm­ing is a tough gig, no mat­ter what you grow or where/how you grow it.

The weather, mar­kets, in­ter­est rates, the prices re­ceived for prod­ucts and more are beyond the farmer’s con­trol.

Those fac­tors that a farmer can con­trol are gen­er­ally well con­trolled, such as the con­di­tion of soil, wel­fare of an­i­mals and us­ing world’s best prac­tice.

Farmer are in­no­va­tors and al­ways look­ing to im­prove their farm­ing prac­tices. That’s why it is so hard to see the farm­ing/ agri­cul­tural in­dus­try tak­ing such a bat­ter­ing from so many of their fel­low Aus­tralians, and some of our gov­ern­ments.

Those who farm the land know how to care for it. They’ve been do­ing it for gen­er­a­tions.

Each gen­er­a­tion of farmer has moved for­ward with new tech­nol­ogy and prac­tices to en­sure all as­pects of their farm­ing is as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble, while still car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Too many gov­ern­ment depart­ment em­ploy­ees and politi­cians fail to grasp the im­por­tance of farm­ers and agri­cul­ture to this coun­try.

In 2016-17, the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics placed the gross value of Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture at $60.8 bil­lion.

It’s time to take the big stick off the farm­ers’ backs, start lis­ten­ing to their ad­vice and knowl­edge, and un­der­stand that they, as the cus­to­di­ans of the land they work on, know what they are do­ing.

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