Farmers In South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa Need Our Thanks
If you plant a few rows of beans in your garden beds in the backyard you can call yourself a gardener. Harvest them after 50 or 60 days to can, freeze, eat or share with your neighbors.
When planting a few acres of beans in a field the usual wait to harvest may be up to 100 days. At harvest time those acres can feed the world.
Now you can call yourself a farmer.
October 12 is Farmer's Day. Not to be confused with the 'second oldest profession' our farmers in the United States take pride in the agriculture industry knowing they are contributing to every meal we eat.
Breaking the ground, planting, and harvesting year in and year out, that part of a farmer's daily life hasn't changed much over the centuries. It's just adapted to the high-tech industry.
The latest statistics find that the number of farms in South Dakota is 29,400 with 43,200,000 acres. Iowa has 85,000 operations with 30,600,000 tillable acres, and Minnesota 67,400 farms with 26,400,000 acres.
Over the last several years we've heard the news about declining farm numbers. The third, fourth, and fifth-generation families are not returning to operate the land.
In today's farming practices more science is being applied with available technology. However you interpret it, good or bad, farming costs like everything else continue to rise. Fuel and fertilizer are at all-time highs.
Farmers are God's caretakers of the land. Below one well-known broadcaster has the words fittingly in this poem.
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