Farming Goes On Pt 1

Farming Goes On Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
I’m Bob Larson. Our current health crisis has hit us all as the nation goes through a broad shutdown. But some businesses have been deemed by the government as ‘essential,’ including all food producers.

The Washington Policy Center’s Initiative on Agriculture Director, Pam Lewison says folks in ag production are still feeding the nation and still punching the clock …

LEWISON … “Farmers and ranchers, and dairy folks as well, they all have work to do. Springtime is arguably one of the busiest times of the year for the ag community as a whole.”

Lewison says it’s a group effort …

LEWISON … “Everybody is pulling together to work safely. I think that’s something we all need to bear in mind, that everyone’s trying to be safe about how they go ab out Spring work this year, but everyone is still trying to operate in a business as usual way, even amid everything else that is going on.”

Not just a policy-wonk, Lewison says her perspective comes from practical experience …

LEWISON … “Along with working for the Policy Center, I also farm and we see our crop consultant at least once a week if not more often than that. We don’t go to lunch as we once would have, but we do observe our social distancing in a conversation.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on agriculture’s role in getting past the COVID-19 healthcare crisis.

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