Letter: Farm Bureau gives members a voice

I’m a 6th generation Linn County farmer, a lifelong Farm Bureau member, and member of other Iowa farm organizations. As a young farmer involved in the Linn County Farm Bureau, I disagree with some of the comments made about the organization and the implications (Farm Bureau flourishes as water quality flags, 4/30/17).

With my involvement with Farm Bureau, I’ve witnessed how every member has a voice, regardless of age, size or location of farm, or what you raise or grow on your farm. Iowa Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization with diverse members ranging from traditional grain and livestock farmers, to organic produce growers, orchards, vineyards, and even aquaculture.

Whether it’s scholarships for college students, grants to organizations like FFA and 4H, or sponsorship of Iowa High School athletics, Farm Bureau supports the youth of Iowa and our state’s future leaders, and Farm Bureau’s role in rural economic development shows a dedication to the vitality of Iowa’s rural communities and families.

On our farm, conservation is important to ensure water quality and soil health today, and to keep the farm sustainable and in better shape for our children. There’s always room for improvement, but Farm Bureau has been a leader in conservation by promoting and sharing proven conservation practices with members and other stakeholders.

In my experience, everyone has a voice within Farm Bureau, and the organization fights for farmers and rural Iowa, as well as issues important to all Iowans.

Jason Russell

Monticello

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