Don't Take it For Granted: Happy National AG Day

Happy National AG Day, y'all! When you're enjoying your free cone from Dairy Queen today (which I know the average American cares far more about than agriculture day) remember where that delicious ice cream comes from!

Now, I want you to think about this for a second. The average farmer today works to feed 155 people. In 1960, that number was 26. As time ticks on, the average American becomes farther and farther removed from the farm. In a way, I am a part of that statistic. Each and every one of us is part of that statistic. Whether you're continuing the family tradition of farming or generations removed, let's all take a few minutes today to appreciate farmers and ag professionals!

I woke up on this National AG Day and started my morning with a bowl of cereal and a nice chat with my gram about our family farm. I learned that my grandparents left the farm in 1963 to head out west. But before that, my gram was an original FarmHER. Today, "FarmHER" is used to describe the awesome women in agriculture that do it all: farm, manage a household, raise children, and often even work other jobs. She did it all. She laughed when she said, "I grew up on a farm and always swore I'd never marry a farmer. It's funny the way life works."

Farming in the 60's was much different. Challenging. It's truly incredible the way technology changed the game and allows far more people to pursue passions outside of farming. We should all be thankful for that. My grandfather left the farm to become an operating engineer in the 60's. After college, my dad followed in his footsteps, but decided to reside on our family's farm.  

Growing up I was blessed with the space to raise livestock and ability pursue my dreams. I may be a generation removed, but I thank God for bringing me back to the farm. My gram said today, "farming isn't for everyone, but someone's got to do it." That is definitely the truth. I don't know where the "farmers are dumb" stereotype comes from. I'm a student at Texas A&M and I'm positive I'm not smart enough to farm. Heck, my tractor experience can be summed up in a few words: summertime corn planting with Chelsea Klejka. Lol, an education in itself. 

It takes a special person to farm. Education beyond what a classroom can teach and a work ethic comparable to none. America's farmers look adversity in the eye and keep going. George Washington said, "Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and the most noble employment of man". So, thank you to all our farmers, working on a holiday that is yours! Happy AG Day to all my fellow 4-H and FFA members, farmers and their families, agriculturalists, and ag professionals! 

We rely on agriculture for so much in our lives. Yet, we often forget where our meals come from, how the fibers were grown to produce our clothing, etc. If your passion lies outside of agriculture, be thankful for those willing to provide for us all. I am thankful to be able to combine my passion for agriculture and communications. In the unforgiving and often untrue world of media, agriculture needs a voice! I am forever proud to speak up!

Happy National Agriculture Day to all!

Julia HayComment