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We Are Thankful...


We asked our Knowledge Center team what they are thankful for as we begin to wrap up 2019, here is what they had to say….

It is almost evident at the end of the year, we all take a moment to stop and reflect. What have we done this year that has stuck out? What are we going to different in the following 365 days? What goals do we have for ourselves, our farm, our business, etc. As we quickly approach 2020, I encourage us all to make a conscientious effort to reflect and give thanks every week, actually every day.

As I think about the year, and my how this year has flown by. I realize that my wins and struggles all circle around one theme, Agriculture! It is true, I eat, breathe and sleep agriculture. I’m involved both personally and professionally in the industry and continue to find ways to become more involved. I’m proud to be a part of something that feeds, clothes and fuels the world. No, this does not come without struggle and heartache however, at the end of the day, at the end of the year, it is all worth it.

Hard work, resilience, dedication, perseverance, compassion, integrity, due diligence, pride, stewardship and much more can be used to describe the agriculture community. Today and every day, I am thankful to be a part of an industry that has instilled so many of these values in myself, my family, my community and this world. I give thanks to all of those who are involved from fields to blacktop, rural roads to city streets, small to large, from various commodities to niche markets, producers and consumers and all of those in between… thank you for being a part of this industry and doing what you do domestically and globally!

As I reflect on 2019 and the multitude of things I am thankful for the focus consistently falls back to family and a family that is immersed in the agriculture industry. I have been blessed in my lifetime, until this past year, to make it to my age with all four of my grandparents, who are/were involved in farming, and my parents, who are still involved in agriculture. I married a man who was involved in agriculture along with his parents and we are raising our children on our farm and everything about our daily life has agriculture influencing it. This industry as its ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and its highs and lows but there is no other way I would choose to raise my children. This is an industry that brings families together, friends together and provides an environment for compassion amongst your neighbors. I am thankful for the opportunity to raise my children around people who are passionate about raising our food, around people who understand the value of family and the meaning of working hard and most importantly around people who are committed as I am to ensuring the future generation of agriculturalists has the opportunity to learn. In a year of so many uncertainties for the agriculture industry the blessings lie in the people, the families who are savvy business people with a passion to continue the American tradition of agriculture! I am thankful for my family that has chosen this lifestyle and for all those who have chosen it as well.

Gratitude, thankfulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. We have so many things to be thankful for like friends, family, a home, and food.  Oftentimes our busy lives distract us from showing our appreciation.  I would like to take this moment to show my thankfulness for the many benefits I have in my life.  I am thankful for my family for their love, humor, and efforts to stay connected even when miles away.  I am grateful for my health, which is due to the farmers and ranchers that work tirelessly to provide the array of food items that maintain human health.  I would also like to show thanks to the many service workers that provide care and attention to the vulnerable populations of citizens, companion animals, and wildlife.  Thank you. 

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