Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-13740

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Comment Number: AGW-13740

From: Mike Haley
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 1:34 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: My view of "coorporate" agriculture

I am a fifth generation to farm our family farm. I am involved with several organizations in my community including 4-H, farm bureau, and the local humane society.  

In a growing and confusing world I am concerned about some of the myths and implications that I have heard from my rural counterparts. When I go to the grocery I see a wide array of products available that include raw, organic, sustainable, processed, and whatever else consumers may want to purchase. If there is something that is wanted or needed that cant be found there then I can always go to a farmers market, directly to the farm, or other specialty stores. To state or imply that we are forced to buy and eat "corporate food" dont make sense to me!  I am glad that more people are taking an interest in their food, and hope that they take their interest to the farmgate, instead of listening to rumors about whats happening out here on the vast majority of US farms.

There are a vast array of companies that are working on biotech to name a few are Bayer, Dupont, and Monsanto; These companies bring a tremendous value to my farm that allows me to use less pesticides, safer pesticides, and even create a less stressful environment for me and my family to work in.  I have heard several people say that these companies control how I farm and live; I completely disagree! To me, if I disagree with how a company is operating I simply do not buy from them, its that simple.  I take alot of time analyzing my fields each year to determine what I can do to improve its fertility and yield, matching the type varieties to soil type is a huge benefit. I plant a several different varieties of seeds on my farm from not only regional and national brands, but also public (generic) varieties as well.  

In my opinion if there is a problem with how I farm, and the companies I buy my inputs from, then there should be a serious look at the rest of our capitalist society.

Thank them for the opportunity to submit comments.

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Mike Haley

Updated April 7, 2016

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