|One of our babies from last fall.|
Tuesday, August 5th voters across the state of Missouri will enter the polls and cast their vote on Amendment 1. I can assure you that I will be casting a YES vote. Let me tell you why.
|Our Century Farm sign.|
I was not born into a farm family. In fact, both of my parents were raised on farms and chose to leave them to start their careers. When my husband and I got married I went from generations removed to right smack dab in the middle of a working cattle ranch.
|Protecting our farm is not limited to caring for our |
cattle but also caring for our land and waters.
Our ranch was established in 1910 by my husband's great-grandfather. My husband is the fourth generation of his family to pour his blood, sweat, and heart into our operation. He currently works day in and day out with his dad and brother to ensure that we have a roof over our heads and clothes on our back. Everyday he hops in his truck and heads to the house he was raised in to care for the same piece of paradise his ancestors chose. If it sounds idyllic, it's because it is. When I'm out on the ranch working with the hubby I am amazed about how blessed I am to be there.
|"Checking" the alfalfa fields and finding fun.|
Our daughter loves being outside checking cows and picking green beans in the garden. If either one of them decide that they want to continue the family tradition and come home to farm, I want nothing more than to have a stable, healthy, working ranch for them to partner in.
I am voting YES on Amendment 1 for them.
|Looking over the cattle and making sure they're okay.|
Amendment 1 does not excuse bad behavior. Farmers and ranchers who do not follow local, state, and federal regulations should and will be punished according to the letter of the law. All of the rules, regulations, and laws currently in place will stand. If additional rules and regulations are needed they can be implemented after a thorough vetting process that ensures best practices are in place.
I know that I only speak for myself, but it's my belief that farmers and ranchers want nothing more than to protect their farms, their animals, and their resources. Proper care of their farms and resources helps to maintain a successful farm and ecosystem for years to come.
|Playing in the yard.|
|Standing on the land her Great-great Grandpa settled|
It is my sincere wish that before you enter the polls on Tuesday you become acquainted with the facts surrounding the issues. Ask questions. Talk to a farmer or a rancher. Check out Missouri Farmer's Care or Keep Missouri Farming. Be an informed voter.
It is my hope that you will come down on the side of Missouri farmers. It is my hope you too will vote YES on Amendment 1.