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I am thankful for…Agriculture!

During the month of November, many people take this time to think about what they are thankful for. Whether you participated in the “Countdown to Thanksgiving” on Facebook, remembered “Thank A Farmer Day®” on November 20, or just shared your thoughts and blessings with a friend, we all have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.

Amongst my never-ending list of things I am thankful for, one very important item is agriculture. Agriculture finds its way into A LOT of other things I am thankful for as well! Without it, where would the food I eat, the clothes I wear, and house I live in come from? Sometimes, the simplest things are taken for granted. Growing up on a farm in rural, southeast Nebraska, I’ve always had first-hand access to information answering questions like “Where does my food come from?” or “Why are animals raised indoors?” With 98% of the U.S. population living in cities, there are so many people that don’t know the answers to these questions or understand why we do the things we do. This is why we need to share the story of agriculture—so others know, appreciate, and are thankful for it as well.

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(Just a few everyday things that come from agriculture.)

Speaking of growing up on the farm, I have a huge appreciation for the farmers and ranchers that care for poultry and livestock, as well as the land that grows crops. However, there are a few farmers that specifically top my list, my family. The farmers in my family date back to my great, great, great grandparents (and probably before that). My father, in particular, has taught me more than you can know about agriculture. Growing up, we raised cattle, pigs, and even chickens on our farm—which eventually became 4-H and FFA projects. We also grew corn, soybeans, and wheat; so I guess you could say my mom and dad were VERY busy people, especially with 3 young kids! Besides full-time farming and parenting, they even had side jobs—nurse and trucker, respectively. This is where I learned what hard work truly is, and I am forever thankful for that.

Last, but definitely not least (as I could go on forever on this topic), I have agriculture to thank for where I am today. The memories I have growing up on the farm, showing livestock at the fairs, and attending events for 4-H and FFA are some of the best I will never forget because they have made me who I am! Agriculture has even impacted my career choice as I work for the Nebraska Soybean Board. I feel so blessed and thankful to be a part of this industry!

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(I would never have been able to obtain my American FFA Degree without the best teachers–my parents.)

So the next time you hear someone question agriculture, point out all the things it has provided for you and me. Whether it be the buildings in the cities, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, or the fuel in our vehicles, agriculture has a part in it all!

Thank you to all farmers, ag educators, grocers, chefs, ag engineers, food scientists and researchers, and everyone apart of this amazing industry for providing the things we enjoy every day!