Today I participated in an effort to educate my friends and neighbors about Cap and Trade and the Climate Change Bill with many other farmers and ranchers. This is a horrible piece of legislation and it will drive up the cost of living for every family in the United States. I don't know about your family but my family will have a hard time absorbing any more increases in our living expenses.
This proposed legislation will increase the cost of nearly everything namely; energy, heating, gas and food. Why food? Well, this bill will result in an increase in the price of fertilizer and it will increase the cost of our putting a crop in the field. But more than that it puts our food supply in grave jeopardy.
My farm is like most and we are operating on a profit margin that is razor thin. This proposed legislation will result in higher production costs and unless crop prices rise, less profit. That very same profit is the salary we farmers live on. Less profit, equals less money, less money means less money for my family to live on. Remember what I said about the razor's edge.
Farmers care about the environment and we are doing everything we can to preserve the environment we all live in. However, this proposed Climate Bill and specifically Cap and Trade will cripple agriculture and our society as a whole. That is why it is of the utmost importance that you contact your elected officials in Washington D.C. and tell them to vote no.