Well this is embarrassing. Somehow none of the FOUR sets of eyes proofing the January CAG newsletter caught the fact that its discussion topic about rural economic development was followed by the wrong set of questions.
We somehow instead repeated the December questions (about agritourism) instead of the ones that actually pertained to Rebecca Park’s excellent commentary on keeping rural communities economically vibrant.
Here are the questions you should’ve seen:
If you’d like to revisit the January discussion topic and take a whack at the questions above, please do so and report in — we’re always eager for your feedback. Otherwise, if you’d rather just take a pass and plow forward, that’s perfectly understandable. (A lot of us are feeling that way these days!)
Anyway, we regret our blunder and apologize to you all for dropping the ball.
The always-resourceful Kirk’s Farm Bureau Group in Livingston County must’ve gone online, where the web version of the topic did come with the correct set of questions. Their responses are as thoughtful as always:
Meanwhile, down in Monroe County, our wrong-questions blunder didn’t stop the Modern Producers from putting their heads together and taking a different tack. They came up with some great questions on their own, and prefaced their Q&A with some very sensible reasoning: “We took the liberty of creating our own questions and answers. We needed to start 2021 new and fresh!”
Well amen to that, Modern Producers, and don’t be surprised if you get called up for question duty, because you’re darn good at it:
1: How do Farm Bureau policies, developed and approved at the MFB Annual Meeting, impact local communities and businesses outside of agriculture?
Issues such as roads, weight limits, county fairs all are discussed at our county annual as well as the MFB state annual. Media coverage for both reaches the non-farm public as well as us. We think this is helpful.
2: Has the pandemic changed the way you make farm purchases? How?
We do more parts ordering by phone or online than we did before. Seldom has the time for the part been a problem. We know these businesses have small staffs and it is important to protect their health so we can be serviced in the future. Limiting in-person contacts protects them as well as us.
3: Banks have transitioned from being locally owned to larger, regionally held banks. Has this changed your opportunity for agricultural financing?
Not really. Our service has continued during these transitions.
4: What activities in your community are important for the social interaction of farm families?
County fair, 4-H programs, Farm Bureau at CAG, local and state levels.
5: What are the impacts of your county fair in your community?
Positive exposure for agriculture to the non-farm public. Our county Farm Bureau has a food building where many people come to eat and are exposed to agricultural issues. The care 4-H members give to their animals at the fair presents agriculture in a positive image to everyone who visits the fair.