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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

So, GOD made a farmer!

this might seem a little typical a day or two after this commercial came out on Super Bowl Sunday, however this post is one that has been in my head for a while. coming from an agriculture background i have never known any different. my papa was a farmer, my daddy a horse trainer and all those around me throughout my life live the agriculture way of life. i grew up in a small South Georgia farming town, went to a school for an Agriculture Business degree, rode on an equestrian team in college and got a scholarship from horse judging. i know work for a feed manufacture and interact every single day with farmers. 
i am blessed to know these people. it amazes me that so many growing up do not understand where there food comes from, what there clothes are made of, or the hardworking men and women that create, grow, and take care of these things. these farmers are often looked over and the small family farm has now become almost non-existent.
i was involved in both FFA and 4-H from the beginning of 5th grade and i loved meeting other "ag" kids from across my state and the country. these organizations taught me so much about being a good person, a hard worker, and someone that you can trust. we need more programs like these for kids these days.
And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker!". 
So, God made a farmer!
God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.
  So, God made a farmer!
I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rustle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies and telling them to be sure to come back real soon...and mean it. So, God made a farmer!
God said "I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks, and shoe scraps. And...who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, pain'n from "tractor back", put in another seventy two hours. 
So, God made a farmer!
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. 
So, God made a farmer!
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets...and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark. 
So, God made a farmer!
It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight...and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed...and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard days work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who'd laugh and then sigh...and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life "doing what dad does". 
So, God made a farmer!

so yes, this post has been about the farmers. the ones that rise before the sun to get their jobs done, the ones that make it possible for us to have meals on our tables and clothes on our backs, the ones who's families sacrifice time with them because sometimes work must come first, and the ones that pass down those traits to their families so that their legacy may continue. 
go thank a farmer today.
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