For farmers and ranchers, upholding one’s duty to defend and protect the liberties and ideals for which our nation stands is not a choice, but rather a debt owed by all Americans. This patriotic spirit has been engrained in rural agricultural communities since the birth of our nation. Even today, more than 44 percent of all U.S. military troops boast rural roots.

America’s farmers and ranchers have always demonstrated unwavering commitment to protecting our nation from threats both foreign and domestic. And, as the U.S. faces the growing threat of individual acts of terrorism, farmers are honoring their national duty by supporting Department of Homeland Security regulations on ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer used to provide essential nutrients to crops.