Penner speaks for farmers

Paul Penner, a Hillsboro farmer, took part in a National Ag Day conference of growers and journalists to discuss the declining image of the American farmer and how it can be improved. The event was held March 20 in Chicago.

Penner, a member of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, was one of eight farmers and consultants on the panel representing seven different states and a wide spectrum of crops, including wheat, corn, cotton, sorghum, livestock, and fruits and garden vegetables.

Journalists attending represented national media as well as newspapers from Springfield, Ill., Amarillo, Texas, Fort Wayne, Ind., Madison, Wisc., and Wichita.The program was sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), which also founded the Ag Day concept, and was underwritten by a grant from DuPont.

“The ACA felt is was important to join farmers with writers and editors to discuss how misconceptions get started and what can be done to overcome them,” said Eldon White, who heads the ACA.

“We believe that several solutions surfaced during the meeting that will start us on the road toward giving farmers the type of image and reputation they once had in America and which they still deserve.”

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