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A View From the Field

By Tom McCall

We’ve had a cold winter across a lot of our state, and I am enjoying spring and all the opportunities the new season brings for family fun and good food. There’s nothing like spending more time outdoors. Especially after we all had to “spring forward” with the time adjustment.

The longer days of spring and planting seed for summer always give me hope and an optimistic spirit that we as farmers need to keep going forward.

Some of my favorite memories from this time of year include our grandkids, Winn, Wilkes and McCall, fishing from the pond on our family’s farm.

Anyone who has heard me speak at a Farm Bureau event most likely has heard me say, “I don’t own that property in the small community of Fortsonia, I’m just borrowing it from my grandkids.”

Like most farmers, I’ve done what I can to protect that farmland for my family and future generations.

As our state’s Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper has said repeatedly, “You may not think about it every day, but agricultural products and the security of our food supply are the most important elements when it comes to our national security.”

Agriculture is Georgia’s number one economic sector and employs over 323,300 Georgians. Across the nation, the direct impact of the food supply chain from farm to retail is about 24 million jobs, according the most recent Feeding the Economy Report. Clearly, what we do as food producers is very important, and everyone depends on us whether they realize it or not.

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