Supporting One Another

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
By Victoria Vogt
District 16
Young Leader Committee Member

As most people are well aware, all of us in the agriculture industry are struggling to get through one of the wettest springs we have had in a very long time.

Here in the southwest part of Illinois, Monroe County, we are fighting the same battle. The Mississippi River finally crested at 46.02 feet on June 9, 2019 after about a three-month stretch of flooding to some degree.

With such a long stretch of high water and continuous rainfall, we see how the residents and other farmers come together to lend a hand to all of those in need. Many people have come together to spend hours and hours filling sandbags and helping others get personal belongs out of any flood areas. Our community has been very fortunate to have the county fairgrounds open and available to provide farmers and residents a place to keep pets and livestock if they have been displaced from their homes during the flooding.

Many local volunteers are to thank for allowing this to happen.

Now, as we finally see the waters beginning to recede, we can start to breathe a sigh of relief that our particular county was spared from major widespread flooding damage, however, now we must assess the situation of so many local farms and fields that are still under water or too wet to get in to.

As we work through this next struggle, I know that our community will continue to pull together and help out those in need. I am proud to say that I live in a county that will support the agriculture community with whatever means and resources are available. This year has been especially difficult for anyone in the agriculture community, but I know that we will work together to get through this tough time and move one to the next season.

This spring is certainly something that we will all be talking about for a long time to come. Just remember that if you are struggling this year, more than likely, someone else out there is having problems too. When we work together and help one another, we can get though these tough times smoothly. You would be surprised who is willing to lend a hand if you just ask. I feel this is a value that makes the agriculture community as strong as it is.

I hope everyone has had a safe planting season and great wheat harvest!