Letter to the Editor: You need a farmer three times a day

Published 10:40 am Thursday, July 14, 2022

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To the editor:

Yes, I know that it was straw and not hay in the photo I submitted for publication last week. A lot of people probably do not know the difference. I was trying to emphasize the importance of agriculture in Davie County.

Things have really changed since the old-timey wheat-threshing days. We have had many prominent men of agriculture in Davie County, including my grandfather.

I have always been interested in farming. Have you ever taken the time to watch a seed start sprouting in just a few days, and then grow into a large plant that provides food and fiber? Then the cycle starts over again with a different crop. Some people today have no conception where our food comes from. So much of our cropland is disappearing with rapid development. I-40 took 28 acres of my family farm, and another 65 acres is mostly covered by a large building. I am not against development. Change is important. I hope we do not ever have to depend on other countries for our food supply.

It reminds me of an old quote: “Once in you life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.

Steve Evans