Editorial: Farmers, drivers share responsibility

The Tribune

Spring officially arrived last Wednesday along with National Ag Day — and that means the spring planting season is just around the corner for farmers here in Jackson County and across the region.

So we’ll take a little time to comment on the value that farmers and the businesses that supply and service their needs provide our community and remind motorists to keep their eyes open for tractors, planters and trucks hauling loads of seed along rural roads.

Farm work is certainly demanding, and the economies in managing a farm operation today are staggering. Some smaller farm families operate on margins so thin that one bad crop — perhaps a result of a lingering drought such as what we saw last summer — can lead to financial disaster.

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