Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Continuing farmer's way of life

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dear Editor,

When I returned to the family farm after graduating from college, there was nothing like the feeling of coming home. Not only was I able to return to the rural community that I grew up in, but my brothers and I also had the blessing of being able to farm full-time with our parents. I couldn't have imagined life any other way. On Aug. 5, we have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 1, Missouri's Farming Rights Amendment. For me, having the protection of local and state regulations, rather than policies potentially funded by out-of-state organizations, is important to continuing my family's way of life. When my parents retired and my brothers and I took over the farm, we faced some of the same challenges we do today, namely, the uncertainty of the weather; but we didn't have the concerns about whether we'd one day not be allowed to raise our crops and livestock. It's a shame that times have changed.

Protecting our ability to farm in Missouri, is now just as key to our ability to keep this way of life as is caring for our land and livestock. Both are critical to our being able to pass the farm on to the next generation. I take it very seriously that one day my brothers and I will be able to do that for our children and the next generation to come ― just as our parents gave us the opportunity to grow up and raise our families on the farm. Amendment 1 helps ensure that our family and other farm families across the state of Missouri will have the opportunity, and I hope that you will help us by voting YES on Aug. 5.

-- Neal Bredehoeft, Alma farmer