Each day consumers have questions about how their food is grown and raised – and who better to answer those questions than a farmer or rancher?  Each week we’re highlighting an Anderson Live viewer question from our Facebook along with a farmer/rancher answer.

Today, we are exploring:  “There’s always a great deal of negative discussion about commercial farms. Are commercial farms bad? What does that mean and are they taking over smaller family-owned farms?

Robert Blair A commercial farm is any farm that sells a product for profit regardless of ownership, traditional practices, or organic. What I was able to obtain from the (Facebook) comments is a lack of understand on what agriculture really is and who the people are that make up this wonderful industry from the farm to the consumer. The definition of a farm is any entity that sells $1,000 of a raised product, raw or value added, at the first point of purchase. Because of how our government defines farms, this is why the number of farms are increasing. I raise crops on 1,500 acres. I am a commercial family farm supporting my community with money spent in the grocery store, hardware store, parts store, restaurants, post office, supporting Ag companies and the schools. I am a father, husband, coach, volunteer, friend, and mentor but according to some I am a horrible person and my profession is no good. Commercial farms are a good thing for keeping stability to family values in troubling times. Commercial farms are good because they help to keep fragile rural communities and the schools there economically functional. Commercial farms are the backbone of many state GDPs. Commercial farms are all shapes and sizes.