CASNR Agricultural Awareness Week features Bruce Vincent on April 21
Montana timber man Bruce Vincent will be a featured speaker at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Apr. 21) in the Red Raider Ballroom in Texas Tech's Student Union Building. Hosted by Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Agricultural Awareness Week, admission to the presentation which will focus on environmental stewardship is free and open to the public.
Vincent, whose family business is in Libby, Mont., says that American society today sees the rural way of life all too often in a negative light. "My hope is you're not going to have to repeat our mistakes," he says, referring to allowing vocal critics of the rural economy to dominate the public podium over issues like water quality and animal welfare, despite continuous advances in farming operations. "We should be celebrating the progress we've made."
Vincent serves as president of Communities for a Great Northwest, a non-profit education and information group dedicated to the intelligent use of our natural resources. The title of Vincent's presentation at Texas Tech will be, "Face the Crowd: Addressing consumers' concerns about environmental stewardship." Program officials note that a reception will follow his speaking engagement.
The third-generation Montana logger is a partner in the public relations firm Environomics, and serves on the board of the Evergreen Foundation, the board of the Pacific Logging Congress. He also works on the Kootenai Forest Resource Advisory Committee, Cabinet/Yaak Grizzly Bear Community Involvement Team, and the State of Montana's Thompson Chain of Lakes Citizen Management Council.
Vincent holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in business administration from Gonzaga University. Awards for Vincent include awarded the National Timber Industry Activist of the Year, Montana Timberman of the Year, Sylvan Award for Service, and the Association of Consulting Foresters of America's Public Service Award.
Vincent's message is concise: Start communicating the whole truth of agriculture to the public, or else lose it. "You all need to get a fire in your belly ... be actively involved in sharing the real truths; tell your story because you know the earth better than anyone," he says.
Written by Norman Martin
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