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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Covering ag is important to newspaper

  • On today's front page, you will find another story from the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
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    On today's front page, you will find another story from the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
    In coming editions, we will have even more shows from the show, which is the largest indoor agriculture show in the United States.
    From what we can determine, this may be the first time ever this newspaper has sent reporters to the state farm show.
    Reporters Melissa Leet and Kelly Waters each spent a day at the farm show talking to folks and learning a lot about agriculture.
    They also learned about bacon on a stick, yarn, chocolate wine and other things, but that's a story for another time.
    We felt it important to send people to the farm show. Though it is in Harrisburg, the farm show has impacts all across the state, including in northeast Pennsylvania.
    Agriculture impacts our lives each and every day. We all have to eat and drink, and that is agriculture.
    One thing which has been proven over and over again is how those involved in agriculture are the best stewards of the land. In other words, those involved in agriculture were actually the first environmentalists.
    It didn't take long for the earliest of humans to realize that preserving and protecting the land was beneficial. They knew it was critical to keep the land in good shape in order to have crops — which meant income and food — for the next season.
    That has certainly been the case throughout most of history, though the debacle of the Dust Bowl days in the southeast is a prime example of how bad it can go wrong.
    These days, farmers and ranchers understand that having clean water and air is vital. They know that if water gets contaminated, their livelihoods are in jeopardy.
    Sometimes, those who claim to be environmentalists don't appreciate those who have practiced good techniques for years.
    It's almost ironic that those who claim to be on the opposing sides of the issue sometimes are in complete agreement.
    It is safe to safe those opposed to fracking and farmers and ranchers agree there should be clean water and air. How to get to those means might be another subject, but the fact is they have the same goals.
    Agriculture has certainly changed over the years with new techniques and better, faster equipment. Yields are tremendously bigger than in years past because of these tools.
    However, the one thing which hasn't changed is the fact people still produce food. It all comes back to human beings who do the work.
    We should all be thankful for those human beings who put food on our tables. They work long, hard hours and many times for very little profit. They do it because they love their business and want to take care of the environment.
    Page 2 of 2 - For those reasons and many more, we think it is positive to have sent reporters to the agriculture show to write about crucial issues which impact everyone.
    We hope you enjoy our stories and we plan to send reporters to this show for years to come.
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