March 8-13 is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK! A few people can say they are self-sufficient when it comes to providing food for their family, but most of us don’t have our own garden, milk cow and wheat field. Most of us rely on the great American farmers who make their living seeing that we are well fed.
As a kid I listened to the agriculture reports every day with my grandpa. Of course, they meant something to him. To me, it was more of a lullaby of sorts.
I don’t know how accurate this statistic is, but for years I’ve heard that one Kansas farmer feeds 128 people and me. There are signs along the highways of Kansas that say it too. Judging from the condition of those signs, they have been there a while. Like I say, I think that stat is probably outdated.
There’s a facebook page if you’d care to check it out!
Some people don’t think farmers are ever really happy with their crop, and sometimes they can seem a little disappointed if there’s been too much rain or not enough rain. It’s only that they have sunk so much time and expense into the planting and tending of the crop. They want the very best harvest they can get – of course! A good harvest equals more money. If anyone prays for just the right weather conditions, it is the farmer!
I enjoy the You Tube videos the Peterson Farm makes – they crack me up! There are a lot of them, but this is my favorite.
Christian farmers are great because they know where their bounty comes from and they know if there’s not a bumper crop, God is going to make a way through the lean times. He always has and He always will. It may involve some creative planning on the farm family’s part (and every member of the family has to help) – but farmers know that God gave man a brain to think and intelligence, so it’s a matter of praying and seeking God – then following.
I know when we walk into a grocery store, it’s not automatic to pick up a gallon of milk and say a prayer for the one who provided it – but maybe we should start doing that. Farmers are just people making a living like everyone else, and they need prayer too. When you pick up that next loaf of bread, make sure you say a prayer for a Kansas wheat farmer. Thank you! 🙂