March 20 is the first day of spring, and it's also National Agriculture Day.
And that means it's an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.
I could write volumes about tobacco quotas and foreign imports and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.
But I'm not going to do that.
I've decided it's time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don't think farmers will mind at all.
It's something near and dear to each and every one of them.