Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness: Elections and Ag
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
I don’t know about you, but this phrase in the U.S Declaration of Independence ignites pride inside myself for the great country we live in, and the thankfulness I feel to be a citizen of a free nation.
For many of those in the agricultural industry, the pursuit of happiness includes the freedom to work in production agriculture to help provide for the world. For those not directly involved with agriculture, the pursuit of happiness might include the ability to provide high quality and reasonably priced goods and services for their families.
As the November 4, 2014 elections approach, it’s important to keep this key phrase of our Declaration in mind. As a woman with a passion for the agricultural industry, it will play a large part in my decision for whom I cast my vote for next month. As many are aware, there are numerous challenges and issues currently facing the agricultural industry. Some of these include, but are not limited to: Farm Bill funding, the EPA’s new rule regarding waterways, and global food security.
In order to properly address all of these issues, there has to be individuals in Congress who understand them and stand for policies which support agriculture – because no matter how we look at it, agriculture affects every aspect of our lives. Our food supply, energy supply, and the economy all rely on agriculture. In fact, between all of the different areas of agriculture, it employs over 22 million individuals in the U.S.
So, as the elections for Congress approaches, follow the news and read up on your candidates for both Kansas senate and your district’s representatives! Make sure you are aware of the current issues facing agriculture and how the candidates plan to address them. Part of keeping our agricultural industry sustainable is due to support from the government, and as a citizen of the United States and an advocate for agriculture, it is our duty to support the industry by making informed choices when voting.
If you’re not sure if you are registered to vote, head on over to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/Home.do. It will let you know if you’re registered, and where you can vote. If you’re not sure who’s running for House of Representatives for your district or for Senate, https://www.govtrack.us/ is a great resource for viewing candidates, their past voting histories, and articles about what they stand for.
Happy voting folks – it’s our chance to make a difference.