I grew up in a farming family and I now live on my family farm with my husband and the fourth generation to steward this piece of earth. I am also involved in a land business with my siblings. You could say I’m surrounded by families involved in agriculture!
Families provide stability to the industry. Generations of families operating the same business help to lend continuity and consistency to an every-changing world. Unlike the kiosk at the mall selling Christmas wrap, the farm down the road has been there, in that family, since 1941. And it will continue to be there, providing food to its customers the next year, the next decade and the next generation.
Our whole country needs families involved in agriculture. If you grew up on a farm, you know the value in hard work. You know the difference between life and death is sometimes very slim. You know that sometimes you can give your very best and it still isn’t enough. But you also know you have pick up and do it again tomorrow. And whether or not you return to your family’s farm, these qualities will serve you well.
Agriculture goes hand-in-hand with families. We are growing, nurturing, tending, hoping to leave the world a bit better for the next generation…whether that’s raising crops, livestock or kids.
And agriculture needs families because the life of a farmer is hard. It’s hard work, long hours, and no paid vacation. And at the end of those long days, farmers need to look at each other across the dinner table and know that someone else has worked just as hard and cares just as much.
Day 2 Homework: Think about the last time you were thankful for family. Do they know how you feel?