Farmers and ranchers share many core values: hard work, honesty, integrity, dedication, determination and a love for the land that they call home. These same values are shared by the servicemen and women who make great sacrifices to protect American citizens and the freedoms they enjoy. In fact, many of those who grew up as farm kids down the gravel road are also the same ones who stand up proudly to serve this country.
I've said it many times before, but it's for these shared reasons that I believe the All-American Beef Battalion (AABB) makes such a harmonious charity, working as a combination of beef promoters and military supporters. The group works to thank soldiers by serving them with a steak feed either at their deployment or upon their return from duty. With thousands of steaks served already, the AABB is finally catching the attention of commodity groups in the agriculture industry, who are recognizing what a great service the AABB is providing to both agriculture and the military.
Many of you have spent the weekend celebrating Labor Day, recognizing that this is the unofficial end of summer, school is starting up again and the cooler fall months are just around the corner. Today is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of our busy work weeks, and I'm sure many of you are enjoying the day with family and friends. It's days like this that give me time to reflect on our troops, who work incredibly hard and make huge sacrifices to protect the country we call home and allow us to continue doing our business to feed the world. Thank a soldier today and check out the AABB. See the video below for a better idea of what this organization does.
How do you plan to spend Labor Day? Will you be celebrating with beef?