I know I need to keep upbetter on my updates andI promise I will.
I just wanted to share this with you all and Thanks to Donna Green for sending it to me.
Let me know what ya think, I think it is very well said. I could go on for a while, but I'll let you decide.
SOURCE: CME Daily Livestock Report 3/25/2011
Steve Meyer writes: I’m going to step
away from market analysis a bit today and provide you a wonderful essay written
by Ms. Nora Faris, a ninth-grade student and FFA member from Concordia, MO. Ms. Faris’s essay was
named the winner in this year’s National Ag Day Written Essay Contest. She
presented it — and stole the show! — at the National Ag Day Dinner in Washington, DC on March 15. Ms. Faris
comes from a livestock family — her father is a production manager for Cargill
Pork in central Missouri. Joining Ms. Faris as a winner in this year was Kyle
Trevino of Madero, CA who produced and submitted the winning National Ag Day
Video Essay. It can be found at http://www.agday.org/media/pr4.php. Please take a
moment to see Kyle’s work!
America’s Most Valuable People
By Nora Faris
Their faces peer out at me from the glossy cover of a magazine,
the bold headline touting them as “America’s Most Valuable People”. Among their
ranks are political pundits, ingenious inventors, humble humanitarians, and a
host of other charismatic characters. Their varied accomplishments reflect a
time-tested tradition of hard work and good ol’ American ingenuity, but their
lofty title as our country’s most valuable” citizens makes me wonder. Would
Americans perish from “technological withdrawal” if Steve Jobs discontinued the iPad? No.
Would a national crisis ensue if Lady GaGa retired from performing? I
don’t think so. If Mark
Zuckerberg terminated Facebook, would the world as we know it cease to exist?
I think not.
Then it occurs to me: America’s “Most Valuable People” aren’t
found on magazine covers. Rather, they are found in farm fields, feed stores,
and livestock barns. They are American farmers, a group whose labors, although largely
unrecognized, are vital to the lives of all U.S. citizens – or at least the ones
that eat. In this modern age of supermarkets and 24-hour fast food restaurants,
it has become increasingly hard for the American public to fathom where their
food comes from. Long gone are the days when a chicken dinner meant selecting a
bird from the henhouse. Today’s consumer, faced with an endless array of
choices, selects their poultry with little knowledge of its origin, unaware of
the work that went into producing and dispatching the bird. They fail to realize
the vital connection between farm and food, between production and consumption.
Little do they realize that without our nation’s strong agricultural
infrastructure of farmers, their grocery store shelves would be
As America’s population continues to grow, a farmer’s job is to
keep up with the escalating demand for food. They will have to play multiple
roles in their quest to provide nutritious, affordable products for more than
300 million Americans. Farmers will become inventors, developing devices that
will improve crop yields and
abolish dated farming practices. They will become delegates for agriculture,
lobbying for the advancement of farming in their legislatures. Most importantly,
farmers will become naturalists, determining the best solutions for responsible
soil, water, and resource management.
Although it’s unlikely that a soybean farmer from Kansas will ever steal Kim Kardashian’s VIP publicity,
their true importance to their fellow citizens cannot be denied. American
farmers’ dedication to maintaining an unrivaled level of food security makes them our
nation’s “Most Valuable People” enen if they drive a Case instead of a
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