Last December, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack ruffled a few feathers when he bemoaned the waning influence of rural America. Vilsack's remarks remind us that a vibrant rural America is vital to our nation and state. From this source springs the majority of the country's water, food, fuel and energy.
Few Americans have any direct connections to the family farm. Fewer still understand the systems that contribute to a healthy food supply. We must keep programs like OYE in the public eye. We must focus on the challenge of keeping kids such as Julia Dimmitt “up” on the farm. America's agricultural future depends on it.
Davis, an OSU graduate, lives in Guthrie. He is a member of the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents and managing general partner of Davis Farms and Dimmit Hay.