Please take the time to learn more about the real HSUS. Here is a link to a great website that serves as a watchdog for this organization: Humane Watch
Support your local animal shelters with DIRECT contributions; less than ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT of donations given to HSUS makes it to these shelters. I want to thank those of you who support farm families with your choices at the supermarket, farmers' market, or local grocery stores. If you choose not to eat meat, I also respect your choice. That is what American is all about: the right to choose.
And now to my sad news.....We lost a young farmer yesterday. From what I am hearing, he was on his way to bale hay and crossed a railroad track I am sure he had crossed many many times before. Matt didn't make it across the tracks yesterday afternoon. To all my farming friends, please NEVER take a train track for granted. This is the second time I have known of a farmer losing his/her life in such an accident. The first time it was a farmer's wife, mother to a girl a year older than me in school plus four other kids. She was pulling a grain wagon and crossed the track by her home. she never saw the train. As we approach harvest, it is good to remind our loved ones out there to be alert and always careful. Our community now has a very vivid idea of just how deadly one mistake can be. Our prayers are with Matt's family as they deal with his tragic loss. As one of my favorite shows, Hill Street Blues, used to send it's officers out to work, "Let's be careful out there!"