The things-to-do list for a food producer is seemingly endless: wean the calves, pregnancy-check the cows, give proper vaccinations, get the calves on a feed ration, harvest the corn and beans, plant the winter wheat, haul the hay home, keep the pens clean, market the cattle, keep records, pay the feed bill, fix the fences, and the list continues. In an era where the average consumer is incredibly disconnected to the work that is done on a family farm, it’s not often that a farmer or rancher receives a collective ‘thank you’ from an entire community. I have had the opportunity in the last couple of weeks to attend a few Agriculture Appreciation Banquets, and it's amazing how every person is the same in a few concrete ways. Farmers and ranchers all have the same spirit of determination, passion and toughness. Every single person I have met at these banquets and through this blog has been honest, hard working and genuine. I appreciate every single one of you, and I'm thankful that we are able to connect through this blog.
At a recent Ag Appreciation Banquet held in my hometown, I took my youngest sister Kaley. We were quickly joined by an older gentleman, and of course, like all of us in agriculture, he knew us in a round about way. He told me that he had made me a "I Love 4-H" bib for me when I was a baby. He talked about how the neighbor's Charolais bull jumped over the fence and bred his Shorthorn cows to create "pink calves." He talked about the importance of talking to your calves, so they are used to people when they get to the sale barn. And, he talked about his family and how important they are to him. The companionship and the warm conversation was thoroughly enjoyed, from an elderly producer to my teenage sister. As the evening came to a close, I thought about those of you who tune into this blog every day and leave comments or send emails. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I thought I would take this opportunity to say it. So, thank you, farmers and ranchers. You are my heroes.
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