Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Welcome to the First Furrow!

Welcome to North Carolina Farm Bureau’s blog—The First Furrow!

First things first: what about the name The First Furrow?

When a farmer plants a field, the first row—the first furrow—must be straight; it cannot waiver or stray. This is because the first furrow is a guide for the rest of the field. If it’s crooked, the rest of the field will be crooked, too. To make sure the field is planted correctly, the farmer has to pay attention to what he’s doing and focus on what’s ahead.

As with planting a field, when talking about agriculture policy, the first furrow has to be based on good, reliable information. If a conversation starts with inaccurate or misleading information, it’s tough to get it on the right track.