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LETTERS from READERS
Respect wanted for farmers of all persuasions

Editor:
I am writing this letter prompted by Sherry Bunting’s fine reporting about this year’s Farm Aid Concert.

Sherry’s comments and her quoting the comments of Lorraine Lewandrowski are like a very deep breath of fresh air to me.

As a life-long conventional farmer, I was never warmed by the vibes I got from the Farm Aid celebrations held in the past.

I am a fan of the great Willie Nelson but I always wished he had worked with me as a I farmed and raised my family in every conventional way.

I was born the son of a sharecropper and started farming on my own as a sharecropper. I rented farms and eventually bought a farm.

In the years I farmed I saw many farmers prosper but I also saw many fail. These farmers had the same opportunities I had. Some had advantages that I didn’t.

I agree with the comments in Sherry’s column. All farmers need to practice mutual respect for one another.

I have no problem with organic farming but I chose to use conventional methods.

As a boy we farmed without chemicals. We raised good crops but we cultivated corn from the time you could see it come through the ground until we could hardly see the cultivator or the horses.

With less than one percent of us farming we couldnt’ farm that way and feed the world today.

When we talk about family farms we need to be honest. Most larger farming operations are indeed family farms.

Willie’s comment that we are here to save the family farm but it’s the family farm that will save us is very appropriate.

Lorraine’s comment that family farms come in all shapes and sizes and are not all certified organic in all their practices is a start at the mutual respect I wish for.
Frank A. Bonson
Milroy, Pa.