We, as an association, want to do our part in educating the people in our area about agriculture and in particular the cattle industry. This endeavor should not just be limited to beef producers. It needs to be accomplished by everyone that has a direct interest in sustaining the cattle industry in a global economy. The 21st century cattle producer is supported by a diverse network of professions. Bankers, equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, laboratory scientists, grocers, meat packers, lawyers, accountants, veterinarians, mechanics, insurance agents, schools, economist, agronomist, nutritionist, and the list can go on and on.
It is our job now to carry the torch so it can be passed off to the next generation. Carrying the torch involves educating today so we can preserve what we have for tomorrow. We have to create excitement locally and get people from all professions to help in this task. One person or a small group of people cannot accomplish the goal. We should remember the opening paragraph of the FFA Creed for our inspiration: “I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words but of deeds-achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturalists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us through the struggles of former years.” Words have the power to build and solidify faith but deeds lead to achievement. If you would like to help the Two River Valley Cattleman’s Association in achieving its goal then you are most welcome and wanted.