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At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents. It was only a matter of time before I became active in my community, engaging in local debates over school consolidation and corporate control of livestock.
In college, I immersed myself in environmental and agricultural ethics, and wrote a master’s thesis on the moral obligation to save the family farm. Today, I make good on that obligation, and a larger obligation to all rural residents.
Here in Lyons, I like that I can participate in national debates and stay rooted in a town of 860 people at the same time. On my 12 acres outside of town, I enjoy chopping wood, working in the garden and tending a small flock of sheep. If you are in the area, stop by for a visit.
From a statement issued by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer this afternoon:
"Today, the United States House and Senate announced the completion of a farm bill that unfortunately fails to include much needed reform and increases spending by nearly $20 billion. At a time of record farm income, Congress decided to further increase farm subsidy rates, qualify more people for taxpayer support, and move programs toward more government control.
Last week's Bill Moyers Journal on PBS was a special on food, farming and the farm bill. Moyers covers the issues with his usual moral authority discussing the shortage at food banks across the country coupled with the continuation of unlimited payments to very large farms.