We would like to offer a letter of support to the farmers affected by the controversy over the demonstration at Portage.
We understand the frustration of these farmers and support the efforts of those who took time to share the concerns of all of us who have been affected by the 2011 Flood. It has been a long struggle for many producers. BSE, alone, had a huge and long standing impact on many producers. We will never forget 2003. While our son, who loved farm life battled with an aggressive cancer, we, like many others battled with BSE. Unfortunately he lost his battle and we have lost much as a result.
What many people fail to realize is: the 2011 Flood virtually set everyone back when we were hoping to continue making improvements and moving our operations forward. At a time when many of us older farmers were preparing our farms for someone else, mother nature and the powers to be destroyed those dreams. How would many people continue to survive if their livelihoods were continuously impacted in so many ways?
Simply put: Farmers have been the back-bone of this country for generations.
Something to think about: What would happen if ALL farmers went on strike? Think of the impact! Many people have no concept or understanding of the effort that’s been made to make food and other things derived through agriculture available to them.
Most of us deal with a lot of things that are out of our control. Pride, an undying work ethic and often, pure stubbornness drives us to continue on.
It is often insulting to deal with the mindless comments from others who have their own agendas; without a clear understanding of our situation. Producers are only asking to be treated in a fair manner. This flood situation was not an act of God, nor did we create it! We are only asking for support and compensation for what has been taken away from us.
Many producers were hugely impacted and had to undergo a lot of struggle to maintain their operations and the well-being of their families and animals. Fences, buildings, land, etc. has been destroyed and it will be many years before there is any hope of its return to a healthy state.
Farmers have put their own financial, physical and mental energies to the test to forge ahead. Some had to relocate themselves and their livestock at their own expense. Is this fair? Absolutely not.
We fully support and thank the people whose fortitude and determination has brought the plight of farmers to the forefront!! Kudos to them!
Ted and Linda Watson