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Where Does Our Food Come From

Amateur Radio - An Important Community Asset

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Where Does Our Food Come From?
Ron Goldy, Michigan State University Extension Services, announced that we have the best growers in the world, but we also have the worst consumers.  Most people don’t know where our food comes from.  A few statistics about farming were presented:
  • In the 1880’s, 80% of the population were farmers.
  • In the 1930’s, one farmer fed four people.
  • Now, 2% of are population are farmers.
  • Now, one farmer feeds 155 people.
The MSU Extention office is working to provide farm to table information to our population.  They have created 8-9 videos that last 2 – 3 minutes which can be shown in waiting rooms, schools, churches, youth organizations, etc.  They are available on flash drives and YouTube. 
We watched three videos; one video that showed the bare field, planting 36 rows at a time, a tractor with GPS to accurately seed the field, weed removal, pest control, pollination, harvesting, and the bottling process.  This farmer had $4 million invested in his tractors and attachments.  The videos are available here.
The second video was farm to table for grapes to Welches Grape Juice.  The third video was farm to table for blueberries. 
Amateur Radio - an Important Community Asset
The license plate displays the call sign "KF8Z" of our own Dan Utroske. Dan has been an amateur radio operator since his teen years. He has a license to operate his radio on frequencies assigned by the FCC. There are 600,000 operators in the US and two million world wide.  Dan shared some interesting facts: the space station always has an amateur operator on board; the local hospitals have base stations; the county emergency center, 911 and National Weather Service have base stations; Morse code is no longer a requirement; and the radios can be connected to computers to send email or other digital messages.  Service is a major part of amateur radio.  They participate in safety and welfare communications.  Message can be relayed coast-to-coast in two hours or less.  The local club also supports the Apple Cider Century bike ride, the CROP walk and other events.