In an op-ed printed in The Baltimore Sun, Dean Beyrouty recommends individuals, communities and policymakers alike take action to prevent and mitigate negative impacts on the nation’s farming population.
We owe much to our farm families, particularly for dedicating their lives to ensuring we have access to safe, secure, affordable and nutritious food, while at the same time protecting the environment and our precious natural resources.
But producing the harvest we enjoy is extremely challenging. Roadblocks that farmers face in order to get their products from the field to the consumer are often out of their control, including extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, trade barriers that limit or eliminate foreign markets, cost of inputs measured against return on investment, lack of farm labor due to government policies, rapidly changing consumer demands and the need for an off-farm job for supplemental income and health insurance.
Read the entire op-ed in The Baltimore Sun.