To the editor:
There are plenty of producers out here who are upset over (the National Milk Producers Federation’s) Farmers Assuring Responsible Management program. Our professional board members really missed the boat on this one.
It may sound great to you in the media, but you don’t have to comply with more regulation, more cost of time, expense and physical labor. Nor are you the ones having your Constitutional rights seized without your consent.
Instead of respecting dairy farmers as the business persons they are — trying to protect, care for, and grow their investment — the public and media appear to treat us as community property existing solely to deliver on and satisfy their whims.
Our Founding Fathers gave us a republic, not a democracy, and that was no mistake. The issue with FARM is that it is not about milk quality but about our right to privacy and protection of our property and personal rights.
No group, no matter how large or small, has the privilege to take those rights away from the 40,000 dairy farmers left in this country. And no foreign entity has the right to alter our laws through imposition either. If in doubt read the Constitution and appreciate the gift our Founding Fathers gave us.