It’s early May as I write this. The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and the temperature is gradually staying higher on the thermometer. It’s farming season, and the optimism and excitement of getting back in the field is so real you can see it in the eyes of seasoned farmers, those just taking over the family operation, hired hands and truck drivers eager to resume delivering loads to the elevator.
You can’t be a farmer and not love what you do day in and day out. This is a hard profession for sure — not for the faint of heart — but these people make a difference in the world and work tirelessly to do good things for the community.
Our community is one of value and strength and our members have shown that as they continue to do what they can to keep providing resources we can’t live without.
I’m proud every day to be the Bay County Farm Bureau’s administrative manager. I’m not perfect but I try my best because the farmers I work for on a daily basis put their all into everything they do to make the world a better place.
That world of ours is seeing a lot of negativity and questioning these days… When are we going to get back to “normal,” and what does that even mean? Those of us associated with agriculture are used to there not really being a “normal.” It’s an ever-changing beacon we all hope to achieve someday, but for now it’s hard to imagine what will be different and what will stay the same.
Since bringing the Bay County Farm Bureau office into my home, I’ve had to learn how to close off the rest of the house so I can make a deadline. As someone who likes to be around people, this is quite an adjustment.
Another thing I’ve learned working from home is that you never know what struggles other people are going through, so you have to have a kind heart for listening and understanding. Even as a “city slicker” (as I’ve been called) I truly care about our grassroots farmers here in Bay County.
I miss meeting with them and helping people out face-to-face and can’t wait to get back to that, but at the same time I’m impressed with everyone who has taken to conference calls and online meetings. It goes to show that while we all have our own way of doing things, we can adjust and adapt to anything for the greater good.
If our members keep doing what they do — and as well as they do it — I’ll be here to help however I can, trying to make their job a little easier or a little brighter when things aren’t going so well. I can’t do much about the price of corn but I’ll do my best to put a smile on your face and give you a little laugh now and then.
I’m proud to have been with Bay County Farm Bureau for over 22 years now. It’s what I know and it’s what I love.
Lisa Zielinski is administrative manager for the Bay County Farm Bureau.