Your farm group says an end to the pandemic starts with you
The groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, and several others, say they too are frustrated to see rural resources depleted and overwhelmed rural health care systems at this point in the pandemic.
The ag leaders say there is no shortage of scientific data that supports the effectiveness and necessity of COVID-19 vaccines, and ag producers who rely on science every day need to do their part for the health of their families and communities to support vaccinations.
The group points to agriculture as the pioneers of COVID vaccines decades ago in preventing bovine coronavirus since the 1970s as key to the development of safe and effective vaccines for humans today.
As the number of Delta cases rise, they urge people to vaccinate to protect themselves, their communities, and the economy.
Leaders signed onto the letter include:
Tara Artho, Texas Grain and Feed Association
William Beaton, Agri-Mark, Inc.
Jay Bryant, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Stephen Censky, American Soybean Association
Chuck Conner, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Daren Coppock, Agricultural Retailers Association
Jon Doggett, National Corn Growers Association
Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation
Stephanie Eckroat, Kansas Dairy Association
Dr. Barbara Glenn, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Allan Huttema, Darigold
Janet Klein, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association
Daryl Larson, Bongards Creameries
Andrew LaVigne, American Seed Trade Association
Kirk Leeds, Iowa Soybean Association
Chuck Lippstreu, Michigan Agri-Business Association
Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation
Chris Novak, CropLife America
Steve Records, Grain Elevator and Processing Society
Corey Rosenbusch, The Fertilizer Institute
Greg Schlafer, Foremost Farms USA
Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence
Ron Seeber, Kansas Grain & Feed Association
Mike Seyfert, National Grain & Feed Association
Joseph Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
Jim Sutter, U.S. Soybean Export Council
Owen Wagner, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association
Betsy Ward, USA Rice
Gary Wheeler, Missouri Soybean Association
Richard Wilkins, Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association