Editor's column about agribusiness in the Sleepy Eye area.

There are lots of ideas swirling around in my head - so much happening in our nation - but I think I need more time to sort it all out and form a solid message. What I know right now is there is too much hate in our country. But since there is a lot of love too, I’ll take some time before I pontificate.

Pontificate? Hmmm? After I typed that I wondered if it had something to do with the Pope telling it like it is. I looked it up and the closest it came was something about bishops. But it made me think about the Pope’s latest encyclical - another topic for more thought.

So I’ll just pontificate some more on one of my favorite topics: Sleepy Eye, and what a good little town it is.

More good news on the front page this week - a big expansion for a business that has been in Sleepy Eye almost forever. And, we beat our big neighbor to the east to get it here. No doubt, agriculture and ag related business means a lot to Sleepy Eye.

I’m going to tick off what comes to mind right away: Miller-Sellner and Kibble, River Region Cooperative, Del Monte, Christensen Farms, Haala Industries and the many businesses that support the ag industry, such as repair shops, insurance providers, banks and government ag agencies. (What’d I  forget?)

And our community is surrounded by small business owners who call Sleepy Eye their home base. I’m talking about farmers.

Farming is not some romantic life style, all noble because “farmers feed the nation.” Of course they feed the nation. That is the nature of the small business (and very large business in some cases) that they own and operate.

Farms are small businesses that own or lease land and equipment, make buying decisions, seek financing, produce a good for the market, and provide for their families and the families of their employees.

Yes, farms are businesses that face issues unique to their industry, just as other small businesses in our small town deal with their own issues.

It’s good when we can be proud of the entire business community in our good little town.