BULL - Missed Opportunity

Long ago, I remember a comment that my father often told me.

“Tory, if you’re going to commit yourself to something, follow through and do what you say you’re going to do.”

That comment rang loudly Monday night in Sutton during the Sutton Area Chamber of Commerce’s night of ag, we’ll call it.

For weeks, the Chamber along with the South Central Nebraska Cattleman’s Association had been planning and working hard to bring to Sutton an event that was set to educate and inform us about special interest groups that are attempting to change the “landscape” of agriculture as a whole.

Not just Nebraska agriculture or American agriculture. Agriculture worldwide, quite honestly.

Those of us among the near 170 in attendance Monday night witnessed first hand the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak. Protecting Nebraska Agriculture is the utmost of importance to everyone’s way of life.
Preregistration numbers indicated that nearly 320 people registered for the event. Those of you who did register and failed to make it, that’s too bad that you did, as you missed an opportunity to hear two gentlemen that are well versed in what these special interest groups are doing, what is on their minds and how they go about trying to change the face of agriculture as we know it.

Quite frankly, while I was extremely pleased with the information those of us received Monday night, as this year’s president of the Sutton Chamber, I’m certain I can speak for those that helped plan the event. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of follow through that some had in attending Monday night’s presentation.

Be that as it may be and despite my disappointment for having just over half the attendance that was expected with the number of people that preregistered, I am certain that those of us who listened to Dewey Lienemann of the South Central Nebraska Cattleman’s Association and Pete McClymont, President of We Support Agriculture, had to walk away knowing that we all “soaked in” information that can only help begin preparing us for the many hurdles that Nebraska agriculture will face in the now and future.

“Tory, if you commit, follow through,” my dad said so many times through the years.

The issues discussed Monday night are issues that we all need to pay very close attention to.

The future of agriculture is the future of Nebraska.

Whether you live in the Omaha or Lincoln Metro areas, Sutton, Arthur County or Deweese, if you put food on the table, you’re affected by the agriculture economy.

While the title of this week’s “Bull” may be called a “Missed Opportunity,” it was without a doubt a Golden Opportunity for those in attendance Monday night.

Nebraska agriculture, American agriculture, as well as agriculture worldwide is under attack!

Now is the time in which we all need to share in the effort to protect and preserve agriculture to ensure that we can make sure that safe, affordable food is provided to us all.

My years of living in Cuming County, one of the largest livestock producing counties in Nebraska, taught me one major thing that I’ve carried with me nearly 25 years later.

The former owner of the Wisner News-Chronicle often stated to his staff, “As the ag industry goes, so does the rest of the world.”

Think about that.  The lack or reduced amount of crop and animal production means less food, fewer jobs and a stagnant economy.

Find an opportunity to learn and become familiar with what agriculture as a whole is facing now and in the future.