There are approximately 2.2 million farms in the United States. They wake up before the sun rises, work long hours, and do whatever it takes to get the job done. Farmers are some of the hardest working people in America. And yet, they are also some of the most vulnerable.
The average farmer is 58 years old. Many farmers have been farming for their entire lives. They have seen firsthand the effects of climate change, droughts, and floods. They know what it is like to throw away crops that haven’t been harvest ready or that have been damaged by pests. They have had to make tough decisions about whether to sell the family farm or hand it down to the next generation.
And yet, despite all of these challenges, farmers continue to do what they do best: feed us. The food we eat wouldn’t be possible without them. In fact, farmers produce enough food to feed 150% of the world’s population. That’s right – farmers are feeding not just America, but the world.
The demands of being a farmer are great, but so are the rewards. Farmers take pride in knowing that they are providing for their families, their communities, and their country. They take pride in being stewards of the land and in producing food that is nourishing and delicious.
Of course, being a farmer is not easy. It is a demanding job that requires long hours and hard work. But for those who have chosen this life, there is no other life they would rather live. To be a farmer is to be part of a great tradition – one that has fed us for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come.
Thank you, farmers, for all that you do! We appreciate you more than you could ever know!