When we moved to Yankton almost 10 years ago, I met a local resident that commented, “I hope you don’t bring your big city ways with you.” I found the comment interesting but didn’t find it offensive because I grew up in big cities and knew that I moved to a rural state and county with different values.
The first time I opened my windows and smelled fertilizer, I was comforted to know that this county used natural fertilizer and not only chemicals. I was also reassured that I would be able to buy food since the smell of rural America means that the farmers are producing the food and products that we need to survive.
It troubles me to continue to observe the lack of support some of the current Yankton County commissioners have regarding farming. If they would eliminate their “big city ideas/ways” and support our county farmers, we wouldn’t be facing several townships wanting to secede from the county. In addition, we (county residents) and farmers would not have to absorb the legal costs that both Yankton County and farmers are generating in this battle to turn/prevent Yankton from becoming an urban community.
We must support the farmers because they are the lifeline of American. We cannot survive without the food they produce!