Thanksgiving Gratitude For Farmers

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Thanksgiving Gratitude for our Farmers

 

In early June, my husband and I travelled to northern Illinois for his family reunion.

We travelled along the Missouri and Iowa side of the Mississippi River, viewing hundreds of miles of flooded fields than could not be plowed.

Unprecedented rain fell in the Spring.  The rivers, springs and creeks could not handle the water that flows to the Mississippi River.

I wondered how these farmers were surviving the season. It's June and the fields have so much water. Plowing is impossible!

 

As we visited family in northern Illinois that are dairy farmers, we learned the impact of the flooding. 

 

Dairy farmers have extensive acreage to grow pasture grass and corn. An average dairy cow can eat up to 100 pounds per day.

 

Calf at the Dairy Farm

 

The cost of feeding the cows, without the normal acreage of crops was a major impact.

 

I've learned the profit margin for dairy cow milk is low for the farmer. It's been that way for too many years.

 

Why do they do it? It's their way of life and they love it. 

 

Milking twice a day with over 100 head of cattle is a 365 day per year job. 

Illinois Dairy Farm

The farmer is a mechanic, veterinarian, agronomist, and so many other specialties rolled into one. 

The dairy farmers in our family are originally of German descent and live in the Wisconsin and Illinois area. 

They work incredibly hard to produce America's milk and cheese. 

To view them in the barns, setting up the milk vacuums, the hygiene required to milk and all of the physical aspects of the work, is incredible. 

After milking,they start their tractors and plow the field and care for their land that provides the food for the cattle.

 

When we go to a farmers market or the grocery aisle and choose our favorite cheese, or purchase gallons of milk, I doubt any of us think about the effort that went into providing our dairy products.

These farmers are the backbone of our country and deserve fair pricing for their products.

 

As we think about preparing our Thankgsiving meals, we need to give thanks and gratitude to the farmers who provide the food we eat.

 

 

 

Comments (9)

Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions

Hi Faye - we often don't take the time to think about the logistics of how the food we consume gets to the stores and then to our tables. Thanks for taking the time to remind us to show gratitude to the farmers. 

Nov 07, 2019 08:17 AM
faye schubert

Krystin, I've seen first hand how dirty, smelly and HARD work it is to raise dairy cattle. My former life in corporate America was nothing compared to what these people do every day.

Nov 07, 2019 08:24 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Good mornin, Faye.

 

You have me as a follower. 

Great post. Thank you. 

Nov 07, 2019 08:25 AM
faye schubert

Thanks! I appreciate that!

Nov 07, 2019 09:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Faye - I have the deepest respect for farmers. I grew up in Chicago and a farmer made it to my neighborhood once a week in a wooden wagon and horse to sell his vegetbles and fruit. My mother with every woman on the block and kids came outside to greet him and buy fresh produce. As a child, I was so grateful for the fresh food my mother could put on my plate from the Farmer and not so much for what I got from the local grocery store. On the next block was the Dairy man and I carried home glass gallons of milk with the cream on top just about every other day.

After moving to Lake County in Northern, IL after both my kids were born, we spent a lot of time getting to know the farmers, buying eggs, and learning about farming. I read according to history books, the Farmers are the smartest people on earth since biblical days for many of the reasons you included. They are survivors and have helped others to survive while being the salt of the earth. May God bless them one and all.   

Nov 07, 2019 08:51 AM
faye schubert

Patricia, you will guess my age when I say this: I remember when the milk came to the door and it was a big deal when my mother ordered chocolate milk!! My sister in law is having to sell her dairy farm as due to age, but mainly they cannot make a living at what they loved to do.

Nov 07, 2019 09:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Faye,

Every Saturday that we are in town, I feel the deepest gratitude for all our farmers who bring organic vegetables and fruit to our Farmers Market.  Nice post. A

Nov 07, 2019 08:54 AM
faye schubert

I'm trying to make a bigger effort to buy from local farmers. We have a few restaurants in the area that are Farm to Table, notably Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. 

Nov 07, 2019 09:29 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

faye schubert Hope that your post changes this kind of thinking :

 

"When we go to a farmers market or the grocery aisle and choose our favorite cheese, or purchase gallons of milk, I doubt any of us think about the effort that went into providing our dairy products."

Nov 07, 2019 05:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Faye,  Thanks for nice blog remembering farmers.  Growing up on a farm - I saw the hard work that goes into preparing a crop for market.  We can't thank farmers enough for their tireless work - and great food.

Nov 07, 2019 08:47 PM
faye schubert

Bob, it's amazing how much the farmer has to know: welding machine parts back together, preparing the soil just right to yield the corn and grasses, the care of the animals. With the low prices for milk for many years, many are selling out to the big conglomerates. It's sad.

Nov 08, 2019 05:03 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Faye,

I have milked cattle when we lived on a farm in Russellville, Arkansas.  I can remember planting the corn and harvesting it.  Those were the days

Nov 08, 2019 12:39 AM
faye schubert

We think we have this "tough" life of going to an office, but those farmers put in incredible hours of hard work every day. No sick day, no rainy day....

Nov 08, 2019 04:59 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Our farmers have also had a very hard year faye schubert with temps far below normal and moisture way above normal. I will join you in keeping them in our prayers.

Nov 11, 2019 08:48 AM
faye schubert

They are certainly struggling. My sister-in-law is married to a "Timm" from Wisconsin. Any relation?

Nov 11, 2019 09:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for sharing this experience and some of your family story.

Many farmers are facing difficult times.

Nov 22, 2019 06:47 AM

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