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Dear Editor:

As an avid FFA member and agriculturalist, I have come to understand the value and importance of clean water to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Beginning my FFA journey, I had little knowledge of the resources it takes to feed our nation. As I expanded my horizons in the program, I quickly learned about the importance of agriculture in my community and resources it required to maintain a safe food supply. Water just happens to be one of those resources.

Clean water is the key to life. Pure water is a valuable resource that the agriculture industry cannot do without. Continued support of the Farm Bill provides assistance to help farmers reduce pollution.

Pennsylvania has a history of neglecting our waterways. We state we are proud of our diverse natural history of flora and fauna, yet we fail to pay attention to the one key resource that sustains it all.

There is no such thing as Republican clean water or Democrat clean water. Clean water is clean water and there has been a failure as a nation to recognize that an unhealthy environment affects everybody, regardless of social status or political stance. I believe in the future of agriculture and stand by the roots of that industry. I also believe that conservation practices are necessary to better the environment and agriculture. I understand and sympathize with the struggles of farmers across the nation. By cutting investments in Farm Bill programs, our nation would be permanently damaging the spoon that feeds it.

Clean water is a legacy worth protecting for future generations of our commonwealth and is necessary for the future of agriculture. Reducing investments in Farm Bill programs would cripple this legacy.

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Anna Pauletta

Mechanicsburg

Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania Student Leadership Council President and FFA member. Miss Pauletta is a student at Cumberland Valley High School.

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