by Jesse Bussard
Ryan Goodman (AgricultureProud.com) is at it again with his blog prompt ideas. This time the subject is, “Why are you thankful for agriculture?” I’d say that’s a fairly easy question to answer. I eat, therefore I NEED agriculture to exist. Without it, you and I are both history. Agriculture is responsible for producing the food that most of us take for granted everyday. Without it, our society would not be able to flourish at it’s current population levels and we’d all be spending a lot more time hunting and gathering than what we do now. Because of agriculture, I can go to graduate school and pursue other interests that I have without having to worry where my next meal is going to come from.
But my thankfulness for agriculture goes deeper than that. You see, agriculture is one of the several things that I am most passionate about. Next to God and my family, it’s near and dear to my heart. I grew up in a farming family. All of my grandparents were farmers. My father is a logger; my mother the farmer’s daughter. Growing up some of my favorite memories were of baling hay in the summer time and spending the afternoon with my grandma checking Grandpa’s Angus cowherd. I owe a lot to these people and the others I’ve encountered in agriculture that have had significant impacts on my life. Agriculture drives and inspires me. If you’ve ever heard me call myself an #agnerd, maybe now you understand why.
Because of this great community that makes up US agriculture, we as Americans can wake up everyday and pursue interests, careers, and desires that many in other parts of the world may never get the chance to do. I hope that you’ll take a moment to give #foodthanks for all the important people (farmers, ranchers, food processors, retailers, truck drivers, etc.) that get the food from the gate to your plate everyday.
Why are you Thankful for Agriculture? Leave your comments below or use the idea as a blog prompt. Also, check out the #foodthanks Twitter feed during the holidays.