Someone asked me recently why we offer so many tours of our farms to the public. Consider the following: 200 years ago, 90 out of every 100 Americans were involved in production agriculture—they were farmers. Virtually everyone had a clear understanding of nature and the importance of food production. They saw hunger as the consequence of crop failure, too many weeds and insects, and not enough moisture and nutrients. But progress has seen those numbers reverse. Today, less than 2 out of every 100 citizens are farmers. Every year, laws are passed that make farming as an occupation more and more challenging. Since the majority of laws are brought about by public pressure and influence, the need for farmers to communicate with the public is very important. One of the best things that farmers can do to create understanding is to make sure that we educate people in our communities about what we do.
– Mike Pia