If you are not a farmer, I still recommend you click on the link and check out this site http://www.thehandthatfeedsus.org/ - I especially love the farm policy fact of the day.
Here are a few for you that you may or may not know:
“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” - William Jennings Bryan
"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways." - President John F. Kennedy
Did you know those facts? They are true.
Do you want to know why Wheaties prices (General Mills cereals in general) are going up?Check out the website and this article: http://www.thehandthatfeedsus.org/farm2fork_its_grrrreat.cfm
Did you know that farmers are in the same boat as many other people? Yeah, sure, you may have heard that wheat was up to $12 a bushel last year, but now we are somewhere between $4 and $6 - depending on what type of wheat we are selling. And we weren't making tons of money last year (if we sold our wheat) because all of the input costs (like fuel to drive tractors and trucks, fertilizers, and payroll expenses) are just skyrocketing along with all the other prices of everything. At best, we might break even and hope to stay in business.
Did you know that something like 70% (I couldn't find the article again) of the government farm bill went towards the food stamps program!?!? I know farming and food are connected, but seriously, how are food stamps helping agriculture and farmers? Money should go where it really helps - like to control the deficit.
Okay, I'm done ranting and raving for a moment. So, support farmers by learning more about them (us) on this site: http://www.thehandthatfeedsus.org/ and then tell your friends and educate them.
After you check out the website, let me know what you think about it. I would love your feedback.
One more time: http://www.thehandthatfeedsus.org/
Talk to you soon...