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Miss America backs U.S. producers

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Members of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) are getting a big boost in visibility from an unlikely source: the current Miss America. Teresa Scanlan of Gering, Neb., who won the crown in January, penned an article for April 15 that singled out USCA and The Hand That Feeds U.S. for helping educate America about the importance of farmers and ranchers.

Scanlan said she plans to use her time as Miss America to help bridge the gap between urban and rural America. She met last week with leaders of USCA and The Hand That Feeds U.S. to discuss ways to achieve this goal.

In an excerpt from her article, Scanlan states, “Can we feed a growing world population, fuel our economy, and still offer wholesome food choices to Americans? Sure, just as long as we avoid weakening the very infrastructure that makes it all possible. As I write this, America has just 210,000 full-time farms. That’s it ...

“Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark recently called these men and women a ‘thin green line standing between prosperity and disaster.’ This line, he said, must be held and not weakened any further if America stands a chance to combat the challenges ahead of us. But to do so will require a shift in thinking.

“Modern-day agriculture has to do its part in reaching out and teaching us about what they do and how they do it. Educational groups like The Hand That Feeds U.S. and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association are a good start, but it’s not enough. The rest of us must reconnect with our rural roots and understand that we all have a stake in the success of farmers and ranchers.

“Urban and rural America need to come together, and I plan to spend my time as Miss America to make that happen. After all, I was Miss Nebraska first. And if a small-town girl from the Midwest can make it all the way to Miss America, maybe she can help bring America back to the Midwest.”

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