For those of us living in central Nebraska, it’s difficult not to be reminded daily of the role that agriculture plays in the global marketplace. Morning farm reports on radio and television keep us all apprised of the going price for a bushel of corn, and discussions about pork bellies are about as common as laments over the weather. When it comes to the economy in the small towns that dot the map of the Great Plains, farming is king. Even now, as the rest of the nation reels under record unemployment, life moves on apace, with our jobless rate still hovering around 6 percent. With grain elevators in every town brimming with golden abundance, it’s easy to be seduced into believing that all is well in the heartland. We’re living in the breadbasket here, and we’re proud of the fact that our honest labor in the fields is helping to feed a hungry world.