Change. It can be good or bad, expected or unplanned and can occur quickly or slowly over time. My life is in a state of flux right now. I recently left my job as the managing editor of my local newspaper to start a new career with a new company. On top of that, I took on a second, part-time career as a college instructor. It’s new, unknown and sometimes a little scary. But like all changes in my life, I will manage to find a way to make it work.

Change occur every day in each of our lives . Some of us like change more than others. My father is a complete type A and would be perfectly content to see the world continue unchanged for the rest of his life. I, on the other hand, enjoy something different and a trip into the unknown.

In today’s always moving, always changing world, it’s not really a matter of stopping change as it is finding a way to cope.

On the farm, changes can be found daily – from the addition of a baby calf, use new technology or simply the maturing of the crops. Outside of the actual operation, government rules and regulations are also changing at an alarming pace. New regulations are being proposed, existing rules are becoming more restrictive and agencies are finding new way to enforce and follow through on regulations and program stipulations.

We can’t stop Washington from doing its job but we can fight to make the change more favorable, less invasive and more agriculture-friendly. It’s a matter of staying up to date with new proposals and agency recommendations. Farm Bureau provides several means to staying abreast with state and federal politics. When you hearing about a proposal or change that would affect your farm, it’s important to contact your Senators and Congressmen to let them know how you feel about a rule, law or regulation and remaining persistent in your efforts. Just because a piece of legislation isn’t moved out of committee after its first hearing doesn’t mean it’s dead on arrival. Things have a funny way of finding a second wind in Washington.

The agriculture business is going to continue changing and so are the people, businesses and agencies that make the industry move. There are changes that will be for the better and those that will be for the worst. It’s not a matter of finding a way to cope with the change but being pro-active and making sure the change is right for you operation. And if it’s not, changing the system before it changes your business.

This post was written for the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Rancher Blog which can be found at

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