Hello, My name is Jeff Klose. Along with my friend Brandon Williamson, I am reaching out to be the voice of the American Farmer. There are so many groups attacking U.S. agriculture today. PETA, The Humane Society of the United States, and others constantly attack a group of people who are working hard to feed and clothe the world. We understand that there are bad apples out there. We also understand that those apples are very few and very far between. We are here to set the record strait; to rally the troops; to be the voice calling out in the night for truth and justice; the voice that will stand up for the great thread that holds the fabric of America together: AGRICULTURE! This blog will be the beginning of a step toward telling the story of American Agriculture through the hands of Farmers, Ranchers, and Agri-business professionals across our great country. Each post will have a new set of farmers hands and we will tell their story. So today, we start with your host:
Hands Pictured Above: Jeff Klose Age: 33
Involvement in Agriculture: Currently an agriculture science teacher in Canyon, Texas. I was raised in central texas on a cattle, sheep, and goat ranch. While growing up, I learned a deep appreciation for the land and for hard work and animal welfare. I understand that the last thing farmers and ranchers and agriculturists want to do is hurt an animal because that is where our bread is buttered. I also understand that some things people may see as “in-humane” are much more humane that the proposed alternatives. I understand animals, animal behavior, and have spent a good deal of my life pondering the relationship between animals and humans and our dependence on animals for food, working partners, and companionship.
Most Difficult Moment in Agriculture: The day the wool and mohair incentive act was taken out of the farm bill. My family made a living raising angora goats. The lies that were told about the wool and mohair incentive act that eventually lead to its demise were atrocious, hurtful, and ended my families way of life. I have never seen my father so upset at any other time. Knowing that he would have to change his entire operation, lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in animals because they were no longer worth a dime, and start over buying more expensive meat type goats just to try to continue to make a living was very hard on a 14 year old boy.
Most Joyus Moment in Agriculture: Watching my agriculture students be successful in high school and afterward. Seeing them grow up to be doctors, lawyers, businessmen, agriculturists, musicians, scientists, engineers, farmers, ranchers, journalists, mothers, fathers, and active community members who are working every day to spread the message of the importance of agriculture is AWESOME! Each day I get to teach students the truth about the most important industry in our great nation. And each day, I get to see the fruits of my labor come to fruition as they go out and help educate the world through their actions…
So what happens next?
Today, we take the fight to the streets. Today, we call upon the millions of farmers, ranchers and agribusiness-men across the nation to join us. Lift your voices, let us tell your stories, stand against the lies and untruth’s spoken by miseducated and ignorant people. Help us win the hearts and minds of people who are seeking the truth about production animal agriculture in the U.S. and how we are able to provide the safest, least expensive food supply in the world; and for the world!