Editorial: Agriculture vital sector of economy

Spring planting season has arrived for farmers here in Jackson County and across the region.

So let’s 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, implements and chemicals 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 or too much rain at the wrong times — can lead to financial disaster.


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