My family has been farming in central Illinois for multiple generations. I now partner with another farmer to grow about 1,800 acres of soybeans and corn. My wife, Jayne, and I have one son and daughter-in-law.
Farmers have the ability to be a powerful group when we make our voices heard about the issues impacting agriculture. I really became a believer in this when I was in Springfield and the biodiesel tax incentive passed. As I watched, I could see the results of all the hard work to pass the vote.
Advocacy impacts the farm on multiple levels
Advocacy has the ability to affect our farm operations in so many different ways, starting with protecting us from overregulation.
That’s why I’m so vocal about water regulations. Being in the Mississippi River basin, we do need to be aware of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. But, if we want to have a say in what we do, we need to be proactive in speaking out.
Understanding the farmer’s voice
We represent a very small percentage of the population, meaning lawmakers and regulators know very little about how we farm. They need to hear how legislation or regulations will impact our farm in a positive or negative way.
Taking action on Voice for Soy does make a difference. The action alerts have all the background information right there, including the operational impact, and they make it easy to respond.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a phone call or email. It really can have an impact, whether in Springfield or Washington D.C.
Ron Kindred has stayed active in organizations like the Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) board of directors and the American Soybean Association (ASA), where he served as vice president. He currently serves as a director on the Logan County Farm Bureau board.