“There’s no future in farming,” someone reportedly told a student recently.
Really? Where then will we get our food?
There are many people working to support agriculture in Richmond County.
If they felt there was no future, why would several major produce stand owners recently invest in new locations closer to I-73/74?
County commissioners are aware of the importance of agriculture and created the Richmond County Agriculture Advisory Board to set up Voluntary Agriculture Districts to protect farms.
The millions of dollars farm-related enterprises contribute annually — plus the multiplier effect — add greatly to the economic health of Richmond County.
Commissioners enacted county planning to safeguard rural life in conjunction with planning for business and industrial development.
Soon you will begin to see signs going up on farms in the county designating them as part of an Agriculture District so you will begin to realize the extent of their presence.
Not everyone can be a farmer. Neither can everyone be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, race car driver, engineer, tool and die maker, police officer, social worker, etc. And, farmers are part of the community employment mix the same as other workers.
No future in farming? Really?
If we want to continue to eat, farming must have a future. I’m counting on it for my survival.