President's Message

December 10, 2012

Every year, on December 25, we celebrate Christmas. It’s a time of year when we try to put behind us all of the unfavorable events that have caused us concern over the past year - if only for a few days.

However, the progressive marketing of Christmas seems to have bypassed the Thanksgiving season and threatens the true meaning of Christmas - the celebration of the birth of Christ.


In rural America, our traditions still hold firm, but in a recent speech by Tom Vilsack, USDA Chief, he had some harsh words for rural America : It’s becoming less and less relevant.

He is quoted as having said that, America’s biggest assets - the food supply, recreational areas and energy, for example - can be overlooked by people elsewhere as the US population shifts more to cities, their suburbs and exurbs.

Vilsack said, It’s time for a different thought process here, in my view. His reference to our need for a proactive message, not a reactive message probably has RC&D members from all over America wondering if their absence of an advocacy role in Washington has been a reason for not having the Farm Bill passed by Congress.

Even with all of our issues today, we must still have time to wish our RC&D family a Merry Christmas and an improving new year!

Bill G. Williams, President
Tennessee RC&D Council