What defines an organization is their ability to assess the challenges at hand, identify potential solutions and then act on them. This requires good judgement, decisive action and persistence.
Recently, Edge was faced with the grim reality that many of our members were not going to be able to plant all their acres due to Mother Nature causing a late, wet and cold spring / summer. As a consequence, these farmers would likely be short of their forage needs and left with limited options.
Amid the flooding, we received a call from a member asking what could be done regarding Prevented Planting acres as the current rule would not allow them to harvest before Nov. 1. This was not ideal for many farms, especially in the upper Midwest. Oddly, our team just addressed this hurdle and decided to start discussions with USDA and congressional leaders.
Through some quick action of our policy team in providing information requested by USDA and support from our congressional delegation, farmers were provided the opportunity to utilize the forage produced on those Prevented Planting acres after Sept. 1. This change increases options for feed and cost taxpayers nothing.
This proves that Edge is willing to do whatever it takes to support our members and an excellent example is what a true member-led organization does. It shows the members’ trust in Edge to take a problem and create solutions. It is gratifying to represent members who truly look at Edge as an extension of their business.