Every trip across the field whether it’s spraying chemicals, planting, or harvesting costs us money, let alone puts off emissions into the environment. So we’re not going to do it anymore than we absolutely have to. We’re not going to put on pesticides just to throw on pesticides, we only do it when we need to to produce a healthy crop. On our farm we do no-till to reduce our trips across the field compacting the soil and hurting the environment. We soil sample by the acre and only apply fertilizers and pesticides on the square foot of soil that needs it, and only just to make it grow well.
We don’t want someone to stereotype based on the color of their skin, so why do you stereotype me as a Farmer and how I care for my livestock. My animals are part of my family; they eat before we do. No one opens Christmas presents or goes to church before the animals get their breakfast. I will stay out in the below zero temperatures all night long to make sure a lamb survives. I don’t abuse my animals to make money, I take care of them. But yes they are business. If you were a hairdresser would you think you could just go in and start chopping someone’s hair and be successful? No, just like I couldn’t go in and harm my animals and still have money to feed my family. My sheep get antibiotics when they’re sick because I want them to live. My daughter gets antibiotics when she’s sick because I want her to live.
Please don’t stereotype my family for the profession we have. As educated consumers you can’t believe the images and the stereotypes always put before us in the media when it comes to race, religion, sexual preference, or gender, so why do you take everything for face value when you see something negative about my family. I’m not against being a vegetarian, I’m not against organics, I’m not against GMO or chemicals. I don’t make my mind up based on one blogger’s opinion or one news report. I do research myself, and I look at all the facts and where those facts come from before I make an informed educated decision. Please get to know all sides of agriculture before you lump us all into one stereo typical box.