Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reports on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
New Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue answered questions of Farm Bureau directors Monday at a Farm Bill listening session Monday in Sangamon County, but also gave them a pep talk on the way they should farm. Stu Ellis has our report from the Farm…
Secretary Perdue comes from an agricultural family in Georgia, his father cash renting land like many Illinois farmers…..
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
We had a farm that we owned in a diversified row crop farm and dairy farm and growing up my Dad loved truck farming too, so I’ve handled my share of watermelons and cantelopes and sweetcorn and beans and peas, but we’d rent land, most times on a year by year basis. And I know after the crops were off he’d tell me to order the lime trucks to come lime the fields that we rented. And I was getting to be a teenager up in years and I thought I knew everything and I said Daddy we just rented that land, we may not have it again next year. And he said looked at me pretty directly, clearly I remember, he said Son, whether we own it or whether we rent it we are all stewards and our goal is to leave it better than we found it. And that is what I believe about farmers in the fact that your goal for the next generation, whether it is your generation, your progeny or others is to leave it better than you found it. And that is what we in USDA want to help you do; and by doing that and being prosperous enough to take care of the land and take care of the soil, and really take care of the hunger of the world; because we have a huge challenge over the next 20 or 30 years as the populations continue to increase, the world is depending on US farmers to solve that hunger.
That’s our report from the Farm, I’m Stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader.
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