Farmers are not victims of some faceless and nameless "system." As a corn grower, I do what's best for me and my family and base my planting decisions on what the marketplace tells me to produce, not because of any "system." I choose the seed.

I choose the nutrients and the crop protection. I choose whom to sell it to. My trade association is run by family farmers, and its policies and actions are directed by us, the farmer membership.

Over the last 10 millennia, growing corn has been important to humans. It is even more so today.

Farmers like me choose to grow corn, and we do so in the context of providing corn as a valuable resource to provide for the needs of Americans and a growing global population who has needs for more food and energy - needs that we are proud to supply.

Farmers have a great story to tell, and I encourage them and their allies to tell this story through great programs like the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (www.fooddialogues.com), CommonGround (www.findourcommonground.com) or the Corn Farmers Coalition (www.cornfarmerscoalition.org).

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