My family and I just got back from ten days driving across the American South. We had the great fortune of spending two days in Nashville, Tennessee and took in a night at the Grand Ole’ Opry. In one of the four sets that night, a country singer named James Wesley came on stage to sing a couple of songs. One of those songs was “Thank a Farmer.” My daughters and I found it to be a moving tribute to what has made America great. Here is the refrain to that song:
I still believe in amber waves of grain
Man on his knees praying for rain
That grew this country strong
And keep us moving on
They get tougher as their lives keep gettin’ harder
Oh I think it’s time
We all thank a farmer
Over the next three weeks, we will be releasing a three-part video series about the opportunity of the Utica Shale formation to Ohioans, especially those farmers, landowners, and energy entrepreneurs in eastern Ohio. Though it may not be apparent at first, I think when you watch the series and the concluding Part III, you’ll understand exactly why the title to this email is “Thank a Farmer” and why we believe passionately in protecting the property of Ohio’s farmers, landowners, and its other businesses from unnecessary taxation. If we are to make Ohio great again, we must do it by reducing government, the taxes it takes, and the burdens it places on our businesses and entrepreneurs who are our best bet to create broad-based prosperity for all Ohioans. As has been the case since 1776, America’s prosperity starts on our family farms and in its small businesses.
Click on this link to watch Part I of “The Utica Shale Opportunity”–each video runs just two minutes. If you like, please share this email with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and, yes, fellow farmers and landowners. And, in case you missed it, our friends at Ohio Rising recently put out a great four minute video you might find worth a watch. You can see it here.
Matt A. Mayer, President