That’s what Mallory Lawrence, president of the local chamber, said near the end of the chamber’s monthly meeting on Thursday. Details were scarce, but she said they would go into more detail at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 24.
The rest of the meeting was dedicated to agriculture, in honor of the fact that this week is National Agriculture Week. David Fourqurean of the local University of Kentucky Extension Office mentioned the third annual Agriculture Appreciation Dinner, to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center.
“Folks, there’s a lot of people in this community who are employed by agriculture,” Fourqurean said.
Fourqurean also talked about the state of local and national agriculture, and played a video made by people from Monsanto beforehand. He said that agriculture has a $43 million economic impact on the county.
The extension agent also quoted the video, which stated that with the world’s population at close to 7 billion, farmers worldwide will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than has been produced in the last 10,000 years.
He also said that while there need to be some farming regulations, especially on waste, some of those regulations are hurting farmers by making the profession more expensive than it needs to be.
Fourqurean also took aim at organic farming and said that if farmers went back to the way people farmed even just 50 or 60 years ago, many people would starve because not enough food would be produced.
“There is a niche market for organic crops, and if you want to do that and go that route, that’s great, that’s providing a job for some other farmer,” Fourqurean said. “But please don’t … think that agriculture can produce all this grain without these genetically modified crops and these chemicals that we use.”
The extension agent said that 99 percent of farmers in the field do a great job, and that like any industry, there’s going to be a “1 percent bad apple.”
“We appreciate what you do for our county,” Lawrence said.
Ginger Estes also made a presentation about the Chamber’s Beautification Project, set to start in April and end in October. She said the Beautification Project will be open to businesses as well as individuals.
Audra Hodges with the Trigg County Hospital also gave a wrap up report about Hospital Foundation Hee Haw Comedy Show that took place on Saturday, March 5.