Family farmers are the critical factor that makes U.S. farming the world’s leader in production of safe and wholesome products, according to a new video titled ‘Farming for Generations’. The video was released by the National Corn Growers Association today.
Polling shows that many Americans no longer understand agriculture in their own country. Most believe that family farming no longer exists and that the majority of crops are grown by faceless entities that they characterize as industrial farms.
NCGA’s many farmers would say nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, 95 percent of all farms in the U.S. are family operated. These operations draw upon tradition and knowledge built over generations. The hard work of the over two million U.S. family farms provide consumers around the world with food, feed and fuel. Over $12 billion in corn is exported annually.
While highlighting these important facts, Farming for Generations introduces viewers to some of the people who make up this vibrant industry. A variety of growers, including members of NCGA Corn Board leadership, offer an unscripted exploration of the values of rural America and the practice of agriculture. Bart Schott, NCGA first vice president, summarizes it all, saying that “food sustains us all, but hard work and hope sustain family farms.” He is a family farmer from Kulm, N.D.
The video is available on NCGA’s Web site.