"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

August 8, 2011

FFTF meeting

If you have no idea what the letters in the title of this post stand for, that's okay.  It stands for Foundation for the Future (FFTF), a dairy policy change proposal.  There are many components to it, all of which I do not understand.  For more info check out   It was introduced by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), of which Land O' Lakes is a member.

Josiah and I had the privilege to meet with several Land O' Lakes employees along with Representative Holden from PA this morning at the Central PA Food Bank for a short update meeting on what is happening with dairy policy in DC.  The answer, not much.  It sounds like DC can be a very slow-moving place when it comes to policy change and legislation.

Then we attended a "Grassroots Meeting" about FFTF.  This was about the 3rd time that Josiah and I have been to a meeting about FFTF, so the informational part was nothing new to us, but the Q&A session was very good.  People have a lot of questions and doubts about what this policy means and what it will change.  It certainly isn't a perfect proposal, and we don't agree with every part of it, but it is a step toward some sort of change.  Of course, no one will know how it will turn out until we get there, but isn't trying to improve a broken system better than just sticking with the old way that put a lot of farms out of business and made a way of life so difficult for so many farmers?

This is such a personal issue for many people.  This is what we do, what we love.  But what it really comes down to is not some policy passed down from DC.  We're taking care of the land and the animals that God has given us.  He is the one who has been sustaining us through the hard times, he's been providing, and providing, and providing.  It may not always meet my expectations, but we're still here, and we still love doing what we do. 

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.
Psalm 24: 1-2

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