For instance, I live in the state of Kansas, the very first state to enact farm protection legislation back in 1990 (side note: I was barely 2 years old in 1990). I take a lot of pictures of livestock and crop fields on weekends as I drive back and forth from work in Lenexa to the family ranch near Eureka. This activity could potentially get me into a lot of trouble if someone were to catch me in the act of photographing their property without consent.
click image to zoomBechtel Family PhotoThat's me in the front. I've grown up in agriculture, but I'm not sure "ag-gag" is a good thing. Until that time comes, I'm going to continue taking pictures of agriculture in Kansas and across the nation. I'm also going to continue spreading the word to consumers about an industry I care a great deal for and I hope you will too.
I know that last message was beating a dead horse (by the way that's something an animal rights activist would love to catch you doing, so don't do it), but I think it bears repeating that agriculture producers need to be more open to having conversations with consumers.
Talking to people while you're away from the farm on a parts run, grocery shopping, or even the rare plane flight for a vacation could give that consumer a better view of agriculture. Social media is an excellent way to stay on the farm or ranch and connect to 98 percent of American citizens who are not involved with agriculture. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are great mediums to share your story and make a positive impact.
Let's take the gags off ourselves and stop trying to put them on other people.
Oh, and the next time I'm on a flight I'll make sure to have an issue of PorkNetwork, so the person sitting next to me will know that bacon isn't meant to keep your mouth shut.