There are many surprises life gives us. However, the one thing that doesn’t seem to surprise me is the passion those involved in agriculture show.

I attended a public hearing Feb. 2 to hear comments about the closing of the FSA office in Carroll County.

I honestly thought it would be maybe 10 people in the room. I was surprised by the number of people who turned out to voice their opinions. There were close to 50 in the room and each had a reason for being there. Some were producers, some were employees of the FSA, NRCS, or county commissioners, some were residents and others were there to show they cared.

Even FSA State Executive Director Steven Maurer commented on the passion that the group showed for agriculture.

Almost everyone who spoke was there for one reason: to fight for the farmer. They wanted to fight to keep the office closer so the farmers didn’t have so much in travel time. Others said the farmers leaving Carroll County to visit the FSA offices in other counties would be taking their money with them and that would hurt businesses in Carroll County.

It was a fight for the farmer but it was a group that also realized how they would be effected by the loss. They get it in Carroll County.

The county residents attending that meeting understand that it all fits together in the end, that farmers shouldn’t be left to fight the battle.

The one common thread I noticed in all of the comments was that it wasn’t just about the farmers. It was about what they give to the county and that passion was obvious.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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