Poultry Farmer – Jenny Rhodes

Delmarva poultry farmer Jenny Rhodes is also a Queen Anne’s County agriculture and natural resources agent. She speaks about her family, her work, the poultry industry and the threat that regulations pose to her way of life and agriculture as a whole.

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15 Responses to Poultry Farmer – Jenny Rhodes

  1. M. Alexander says:

    I hadn’t realized how interconnected the agricultural community really is, not just the actual farms, but the support industry that goes with it.

  2. Farmers are scientists. They have evolved their practices over time with repeated experiments, often over generations. We need to encourage their scientific method and dedication to the long term to find real solutions. Often practices result from inertia, or how their ancestors did it. But more often there is a community that exchanges ideas of best practices through economic competition.

  3. She wants a chance to share her perspective and educate with “everyone at the table” not rules coming down from some faceless bureaucracy. She wants face to face connection – a prime driver, just like leaving a future for her family. Any shafting or growth on her part will happen if she feels validated and heard. Understandable.

  4. I know nothing about farming, but I do know that I rely on farmers for a huge percentage of my food. The video provoked empathy and a drive to protect these farmers so they can keep doing well for a lot longer. “Science before politics” indeed!

  5. The emphasis on family is important – we all want our children to have opportunities – but included in these is the opportunity to live in a world with the same diversity fo wildlife, clean water that we enjoy today and the run off from farms is the major contributor to the degradation of the Chesapeake. This is science, not politics. However I agree 100% that a balance must be struck. We need forums and all to contribute.

  6. Sharon Carson says:

    I grew up on a commercial poultry farm and have seen the industrialization of it . I really do think it is time to move to a less intensive pastured poultry system with locally grown non- gmo feeds and mills that markets locally to not only save small scale family farms but also provide family farms with livihood. We Need to downsize the operations and go local for the water and the economy. :)Sharon

  7. Melissa D says:

    These smartly created videos need to be shared with the schools in all areas of the country. The awareness needs to “plant a seed” in the minds of those who will be cleaning up our messes…and without the luxury of nature in which we currently have the opportunity to partake.

  8. Her pride in a farming heritage was obvious, and I was struck by her genuine desire to comply with improvements to water quality. I also have to smile when she reminded us that we all pollute and all have an interest in improving water quality. Farmers rule!

  9. The most intelligent thing she said was about “political science” where politics comes before science – and this is a bad mix!

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  11. Sharing Station Participant says:

    She’s absolutely correct–if farmers create no pollution, they create no food. Reasonable efforts to limit pollution should be made, but current policies and regulations are overkill. Note her comment re: driving a tractor at 8–Nowadays that’s child abuse and contrary to labor laws created by bureaucrats with little common sense.

  12. Sharing Station Participant says:

    She understands the importance of clean water environment. As a young child growing up in this industry. She’s a great advocate for the farmers. Great Job! Love this family’s story!

  13. Sharing Station Participant says:

    Jenny is a great advocate and effective communicator for the Ag on the Shore. She articulates well the need to incorporate the reality of the FARMERS’ perspectives. Her efforts will help keep farmers farming and help keep the Eastern Shore rural heritage viable and strong.

  14. Dialogue Event Participant says:

    I like the farmers point that we all pollute in one way or another. And finding balance is the key to making successful change from all sides of the issue. We need agriculture – so coming up with mitigation technologies and sustainable practices are key.

  15. Dialogue Event Participant says:

    I connected most with Jenny Rhodes and Johnny Schockley because my parents were in the farm poultry and seafood businesses. I saw them struggle with increased regulations that hampered them to make a decent living for our large families.

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