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Living off the land

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:23 p.m. CDT

From Ray Gaesser


As somebody who has been farming for over four decades, I know a thing or two about what it takes to earn a living off the land. Growing up on the family farm in Indiana taught me the importance of perseverance and the value of a hard day’s work. Those are principles that I’ve tried to pass onto my two children.

While our values remain unchanged, farming practices have evolved greatly in just a short amount of time. Today we have crops that make our work go a bit further. They are resistant to harsh weather conditions, disease and insects. Every step that we take toward improving these crops helps to protect the livelihoods of our nation’s farmers.

The Farm Bill, and specifically the Farmer Assurance Provision, have been hot-button issues lately. The facts are plain and simple, however. Without the Farmer Assurance Provision, farmers everywhere are in danger of not being able to harvest the biotechnology-improved crops they’ve already planted, all because of complications in a courtroom.

We shouldn’t let frivolous lawsuits interfere with the important work that farmers all across the country do to feed our families. We need the Farmer Assurance Provision.

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