One of the questions I keep asking myself is whether I should write news articles on upcoming deadlines and signups for federal farm programs.
On one hand, farmers and ranchers are smart, responsible people; do they really need me to write stories reminding them of what they should be doing? On the other hand, farmers are ranchers are busy and often preoccupied; maybe they’ll benefit from a reminder in a new article. Typically, I’ll write something when the program is especially important and the deadline/signup comes at an especially busy time of the year.
At any rate, a farmer recently told he was going in to his county Farm Service Agency office to finish signing up for an important farm program. He had been so busy during harvest that he’d put off doing so and it had slipped his mind — until he read an article on the signup deadline that I’d written.
Yeah, I know, he was just one farmer and I shouldn’t make too much of it. Still, it encourages me to keep writing — occasionally and when appropriate — about upcoming federal farm program deadlines and signups.