Need an interesting speaker for a program for your organization? Then contact the Northeast Counties ProAnimal Coalition Speakers Bureau for brochure listing a wide range of speakers willing to talk to groups about where today's food comes from and different aspects of farming.
To get a brochure listing the speakers, contact the Northeast Ohio Farm Bureau Office in Orwell, phone 440-437-8700. The 20 speakers from various interests come from Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.
This Speakers Bureau was organized to provide educational information to interested groups and organizations. Agricultural speakers are available at no cost but may ask groups to provide some visual aids equipment for video presentations.
Speakers come from various backgrounds. Included are those from small and large farms. Dairy, hog, poultry, goat and sheep farms are represented along with farm suppliers, school teachers, a retired veterinarian, organic farmers, college graduates and more.
This Speakers Bureau was organized by the ProAnimal Coalition, a group of volunteers, to get the true story about today's agriculture to anyone interested. The coalition recognized that no one can tell the farmer's story better than farmers themselves or others involved in some aspect of agriculture.
With two farmers today providing enough food for themselves and about 150 other people, farmers have an interesting story to tell. Someone living with the many challenges of farming can best relate to how they get the job done.
The mission of the ProAnimal Coalition is to tell the true, factual story of today's animal and related agriculture and to help ensure consumers of an abundant, safe, affordable food supply.
Some groups in this country today want and are spending a lot of money to take animal products out of our diets. The coalition believes this can greatly affect healthy diets and cause food supplies to cost much more and even create food shortages.
Farmers and others involved in agriculture are busy people, especially this time of the year. So you may need to schedule your speaker as far in advance as possible.
With both large and small farms represented in the group, various views of farming based on size are available. Also, since the many kinds of livestock farms vary in their operations, their management views are important.
Urban and non-agriculture groups are especially welcome to contact any of these speakers. Many people today are two and three generations removed from the farm and have little understanding of today's modern agriculture. Helping them better understand how their food in produced is important.
So call the Farm Bureau Office and request one or more copies of the brochure for yourself and groups you know are looking for a speaker. Find out how your food is produced.
Parker is an independent agricultural writer and on the local Farm Bureau Board.