Nobody likes meetings. Nobody wants to go to more meetings. Yet here I am at the Arizona Cattlegrowers annual meeting in Prescott. I am on the county cattlegrowers committee and the county Farm Bureau as well. I also am on the state Farm Bureau women’s leadership committee. Having a forest service grazing lease and a state grazing lease also translates to more meetings. Why would I even think about all these, leadership conferences, and training sessions? “You must be present to win” , “Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease”, or “If you don’t vote you can’t complain”. If agricultural producers represent less than 2% of the population and feed America and parts of the world, we better be a pretty squeaky group. Otherwise, how will people know how and where they’re food comes from, what it takes to produce and transport it to the store, and what food safety is really about?? Food production needs to increase to feed the world of the future. All of the different segments of agriculture need to work together to make that happen. Communication between and within industry groups is key. So hi ho, hi ho, its off to meetings i go….

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