Protecting the family farm should be our top priority

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Editor:

(Concerning guest commentaryy by David Kay in Dec. 15, 2011 issue of Farm and Dairy.)

It is obvious that the original purpose of the Extension service has not been fulfilled and neither has the public good been served by such projects.

Development sociology basically means authoritarian manipulation — certainly not constitutional, and at the expense of the people to be subjected.

Extension under the Smith-Lever Act meant transfer of land grant college information and research findings to rural residents in a pre-computer era. This mandate is violated by efforts to control rural areas and especially in ways that benefit energy exploitation to benefit China and other foreign powers.

I think it is time to de-fund such projects and save the farms that are left. My farm is surrounded by contamination and destruction caused by frac drilling. The U.S. Supreme Court is now hearing a case of such destruction in Nigeria.

The rights of families to farm and live are being threatened. When inflation continue to soar what is the worth of a family farm? Priceless!

Marilyn K. Hunt

New Martinsville, W.V.

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