By Eric Kuehl
P&E Committee Member
Change is one of the most difficult things for people to embrace while it is one of the most fundamental and inevitable events that occur throughout our life on this planet.
As the father of three young boys, I see change occurring at home all the time. Change in appearances as they grow. Changes in how they respond to things as they learn. Changes to what they like to do as they become more independent. These changes are not only fun to watch but can also be sad as they start to lose some of the innocence of earlier life.
It seems also that every election politicians like to run campaigns based on the promise of change for the better. How many times does it seem like we accomplish the ‘change’ that we want? My intention is to not criticize but to point out that no matter how well intentioned, change occurs on its own, and all we can do is help steer the ship.
President Trump ran a campaign to “Make America Great Again,” while we can all argue that he is reaching his goals or not, one thing we can’t argue about is that change is occurring. Will we be able to make the necessary changes in trade to be able to export our products into other markets? Will WOTUS (Waters of the U.S.) stay in place and challenge our ability to perform the most basic functions on our farms? Will a wall be constructed on our southern border of the U.S. and what implications would that have?
Markets change seasonally as well as annually based on conditions around production and demand of the products that we as agriculturalists work so tirelessly to produce. These changes all cycle as the ebbs and flows of consumer demands change as well as how the consumer demands that their food be produced.
One constant remains the same, there are hungry mouths to feed and somehow, someway we will find a way to navigate the ‘change’ and continue to do what it is we do.
While all this is going on around us we often lose sight of what is truly important, we are distracted by the flashy signs/stories on TV and in the newspapers. Yes, things are a changing all around us and what we can control is how we respond to the changes. Do we cross our arms, dig in and resist that change, or do we embrace it with both hands?
Farm Bureau is here to not only help us navigate the change but to make sure that every one of us has a voice to share in the discussion.
So, I urge you all to make a little change in your comfort zone, take a risk, and get involved. That may be something as simple as running for a county board seat, call your legislator and voice your opinion about a piece of legislation. Join your local county board at a Day on the Hill or maybe even run for a city/township/state office.
That change that is going on all around us will either have our influence as agriculturalists or not, at least if we are involved we will help to create a balanced approach to whatever comes our way.