Thanksgiving: A day spent focusing on all that we are grateful for all while eating more food than we know what to do with. We all have that one person in our family who is going to spend all day in the kitchen making sure that this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is perfect, but there is one person who truly makes thanksgiving dinner possible and that is the farmer.
“Once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.” -Brenda Schoepp
And here’s why:
All that food on your table didn’t just come from the grocery store.
The U.S. Farmers Ranchers Alliance did a Nation wide survey concentrating on the opinions and attitudes that consumers have about how food is grown. It showed that the majority of consumers think about food production constantly, yet know little to non about how food is brought to the dinner table.
It may not have taken too much effort to go to the store and pick up the supplies needed to make it, but the food on your plate didn’t come from the grocery store. It came from a farmer’s field or ranch. It had to be cared for and harvested, and it took hours of preparation and work on the farmer’s part.
Farmers don’t get a day off
According to an article written by AG WEB entitled, “Farmers Clock Long Hours” more than half of today’s farmers and ranchers report spending more than 10 hours a day on farm related work. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, holiday or not, 365 days a year; farmers don’t get sick days or time off for the holidays. Farming and ranching are everyday jobs that require complete dedication to the profession. So while you are seated around the dinner table this year, about to slice that slow smoked ham, just remember that somewhere, a farmer is out feeding and caring for his livestock just so that by the time Christmas rolls around you can enjoy the same luxury.
This year as you are reflecting on all that you have to be grateful for, make sure that farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole are on your list.