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American: Thank You Farmers for Everything You Do !

You think you work hard? No doubt you do, but no one works harder than those who live on a farm. Up before sunrise, often laboring until there’s no daylight left. And what do they get for it? Higher oil prices, lower wholesale prices, losing economies of scale to agribusiness, and the condescension of urban elites who need what they produce and yet treat them like rubes.

Photo by PAUL MOBLEY

Despite all the obstacles, these are the people who have made America the breadbasket of the world. Potatoes from Idaho, apples from Washington, hams from Virginia, corn from Iowa, grapes from California, oranges from Florida, wheat from Kansas, beef from Texas.

American supermarkets are the envy of the world, and their shelves would be virtually empty without the American farmer.

Farmers pay their taxes.

They raise their children with values.

They pray.

They love the land, and respect the climate.

All they want in return is a fair shake for their products, the right to start with seeds and deliver a crop without interference or handicap.

Although I’ve lived almost all my life in cities there’s still a little part of me that wished I would’ve stayed on the farm,work the soil like my dad, and his dad before him.

I know what it takes to run a farm and to make ends meet. It’s not an easy way of life, but it is a rewarding one. The fact is, there are A LOT of people dependent on farmers and the crops they produce every year.

Back in the 1930s, one American farmer produced enough agricultural product to feed a total of four people, basically their own family. Today, thanks to modern technology and advancements in bioscience, that number has risen to 155 people. Think about it for a moment – one farmer produces enough food to feed 155 people – simply amazing.

Most Americans don’t even think about having enough food in a crisis… until it’s too late…

So, as you sit down with your family tonight at the dinner table, or perhaps with friends at a local eatery, take a moment to think about all the area farmers and what they’ve had to endure to make sure those of us in town have enough food to eat. If it weren’t for the American farmer, this country wouldn’t be what it is today.

Thank you, farmers!!!

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Photos by PAUL MOBLEY

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