Farming Goes On Pt 3

Farming Goes On Pt 3

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
I’m Bob Larson. Coronavirus is keeping many of us at home, either working from there or laid off and unemployed. But, one group that can’t take a break during this health crisis is those in food production like our farmers and ranchers.

The Washington Policy Center’s Pam Lewison, a farmer herself, says while the work has to be done, there have been some changes to the routine …

LEWISON … “As I’ve told a lot of people, those side of the pickup conversations who, farmers have sort of done social distancing for a long time, so in some ways it’s the same and in other ways it’s different.”

But some things, Lewison says have changed more than others …

LEWISON … “I think if there’s a big difference it’s more in the emphasis with making sure farmers and ranchers who have a lot of workers are making sure that shifts are as efficiently manned as possible. And, making sure that each of us just have the PPE that they absolutely have to have to be safe and really emphasizing to their employees what safety means in this situation.”

And, Lewison says it takes so little to show our appreciation …

LEWISON … “So, if you see a farmer on the road, whether it’s a tractor or a truck, whatever the case may be, you know, give them a wave because they are doing what they can to make sure that we are all safe and healthy.”

Lewison says producers are practical and pragmatic about what needs to be done to complete the work at hand.

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