The average American is at least three generations removed from the farm. As farmers, we need to provide accurate information to the public so everyone better understands animal agriculture and its importance to the overall quality of their life
Louisville, KY (PRWEB) May 14, 2011
During Tennessee’s Ag Day on the Hill in Nashville on May 3, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (FCS), an agriculture lending cooperative serving almost 28,000 Tennessee farmers and rural residents, presented a $50,000 donation to the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT).
The newly created Tennessee organization will help farmers and the public sort through the debate about the role of farm animals in today’s society. FACCT will operate as an advocate for the farm industry by sharing ways in which farmers provide a safe, nutritious and abundant food supply to the United States and the world. The group will also be an educational resource, providing training and information regarding farm animal welfare.
“It’s important that farmers engage the general public on the issue of farm animal welfare,” said Donald Blankenship, a lifelong, full-time grain and beef farmer from Murfreesboro, TN, and a member of the FCS board of directors. “The average American is at least three generations removed from the farm. As farmers, we need to provide accurate information to the public so everyone better understands animal agriculture and its importance to the overall quality of their life.”
Blankenship said the FCS board – through its internal Advocacy for Agriculture program – feels very strongly about supporting groups like FACCT who have a mission to positively promote livestock agriculture. “Animal welfare has always been important to farmers, and good animal husbandry is still an essential component on farms today. Ensuring the public is aware of farmers’ commitment to their animals has become a top priority in the agriculture industry, and Farm Credit – as a major lender to agriculture –needs to help its customer-members be a part of the conversation,” he said.
“In the end, it’s about being committed to advancing environmentally-friendly, socially-responsible and economically-viable livestock farming practices, while providing safe and affordable food. Every day, it’s our responsibility to connect with the public and help spread the positive message about farming.”
FACCT’s membership drive is underway now. More information can be found at http://www.TNFACCT.com or by contact David Whitake at dwhitake(at)mtsu(dot)edu.
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