STACY GILMORE, Pasco
As president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, I would like to express our members' gratitude to the Herald and all staff involved in producing the "State of Agriculture" series regarding many of the crops produced in the Columbia Basin.
Farming is a challenging business, and the farmers who compete in this industry are to be admired for their work ethic, economic risks and resolve to feed a growing world population. Their ranks continue to dwindle as farms grow larger to remain economically viable.
It is a double-edged sword for that cast. First, their collective voices to protect their industry and livelihood falls on the ears of elected officials who often do not understand the complexities of agriculture nor the unintended consequences of proposed legislation. Secondly, as our population urbanizes and loses connection to some family member's farm, it makes it increasingly important for farmers to serve as articulate spokespersons to share their story. The dangers that face a society that doesn't understand or appreciate domestic food production is evident to our agrarian producers and their valued employees.
Thank you for telling their story to make it our story.
Editor's note: Read the series at www.tricityherald.com/state-of-ag.