Knowing where your food comes from

I am passionate about agriculture and the disappearance of small business farms and ranches. I grew up in northern Osage county where there is a large population of cattle ranches. But outside of Osage county, agriculture awareness diminishes rapidly. I get frustrated when people have so little understanding of where their food comes from. Did you know that 3% of the population of the United States feeds 100% of the United States? That is assuming you eat food that comes from the U.S. anyway. (and everyone does) I am not saying that everyone needs to go out and become farmers and ranchers, but just have a general appreciation and understanding for the time and energy, stress and anxiety that goes into producing the food we eat. My family raises beef so that is what I advocate for, but agriculture in general is in need of a greater awareness. For instance, small business farms and ranches are struggling because of so many government stipulations. There is currently a bill that Oklahoma senate is trying to get passed that re-defines what a “body of water” is. By re-defining it, they are able to regulate it. Basically, every time a rancher does routine maintenance on his/her ponds or fills a water tank to feed his livestock, they would have to get government approval if this bill were to pass. When is it too much?

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