Civilization began with agriculture. When our nomadic ancestors began to settle and grow their own food, human society was forever changed. For most of history, society’s connection to the land was intimate. Human communities, no matter how sophisticated, could not ignore the importance of agriculture. In modern times, however, many in the urban world have forgotten this fundamental connection. Insulated by the apparent abundance of food and fiber at the grocery store, humanity’s fundamental dependence on agriculture is often overlooked. The simple truth is that Oregon’s farmers and ranchers are vital to the survival of all Oregonians.