A Question of Values: A Flint Hills Rancher Ponders Industrial Wind Development
Resolving Our Cultural Identity Crisis: Agriculture vs. Environment
"...this concept of preserving land in private hands has become a great theme of our region. Our Flint Hills culture has rested on this principle: that we want our land to remain agriculturally productive in private hands, namely producing high quality beef cattle, at the same time we preserve the Flint Hills much as they were hundreds of years ago."
October 23, 2003
by Anne B. Wilson, Elmdale (KS)
in Wabaunsee County (KS) Signal Enterprise
As ranchers we have kind of a cultural identity crisis with our land. On the one hand, in our farm organizations' press releases, we dutifully say farmers and ranchers are the "real environmentalists," and in our rodeo opening ceremonies, we recite prayers about our love of the land. On the other hand, amongst ourselves, we sometimes lambaste the environmental community for being uncaring and unrealistic about economic realities of farming and ranching.
Still, we go home at night knowing we are caught somewhere in between. Despite our coffee shop grumbling about environmentalists, we know that we really... [continue via Web link]