I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of.

I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry.

It is inspiring to hear farmers speak up and tell the reasons why they use technology to get better yields. I’ve heard so many talk about the science behind it, and it is amazing to know how much goes into producing our food.

Not only are there more voices for conventional farming, but organic farming, as well. I believe there is plenty of room in the food industry for both types. It’s good to hear both sides of the story.

I recently attended a presentation by the executive director of the Center for Food Integrity. He said that, according to research, consumers want one main thing — transparency.

As farmers and agricultural businesses do a better and better job of explaining their practices and reasoning, I think the level of trust when it comes to food will start to rise.

The reality is our food is cheaper, safer and more thoroughly monitored than ever before. I think it’s always a good idea to look at the positives and be thankful for the quantity and quality of food available to us and the potential to make it available to everyone on earth.