Local farmer says daylight saving is outdated
SALISBURY, Md. – A common belief is that farmers are helped by daylight saving time, but that’s actually not true. Historians have traced the practice back to Benjamin Franklin, who wanted to take advantage of daylight hours and use less candle wax — of course before electricity was around.
Since its earliest days, farmers opposed the change saying that it made them up to 25 percent less productive. And the farmers here on the Eastern Shore seem to agree that it’s outdated.
“They work sun up to sun down and 16 hours is 16 hours whether we set the clocks back or not. When it gets dark they turn their lights on their tractors so I don’t know if it’s really relevant anymore. For a farmer, you know, it is what it is. Maybe for school kids or something, but no for a farmer. It’s you’re out there working until the works done,” explains Stacey Cooper, a local farmer.
Experts say daylight saving time has morphed into a benefit for businesses because more daylight means more time for us to spend money.