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AFBF's Stallman Tells Farmers to Stand Up and Be Counted
USAgNet - 01/11/2016

Farmers and ranchers need to adopt technology and they need to stand up for their rights. But most of all, they need to share their stories, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. Stallman's address--his last after 16 years as the head of the nation's largest farm organization--echoed the challenges farmers and ranchers face when government oversteps the limits of the law. He reminded attendees that the organization's struggle to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's latest, flawed water policies was not yet over.

"You know, if we're going to let the federal government dictate where we can and cannot farm--or cut trees, or build homes, or otherwise use the land for any productive, economic activity--then this is not the Land of Liberty," Stallman told attendees. "It is not the country that our forefathers envisioned--nor is it a country that will be able to feed itself for very long."

Struggles notwithstanding, technology is helping to make farmers' lives easier than they were just a generation ago.

"We have tremendous potential through new technologies: unmanned aircraft, data mining, biotechnology, robotics and who knows what else is coming," Stallman said. "These advances stand to make farming and ranching more productive, less costly, less labor-dependent and even better for the environment."

Stallman urged members to share their stories with the world, on social media and elsewhere. He also reminded Farm Bureau members of the importance of fairness and the dangers of depending on government.

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