It’s #ThankAFarmer Week



By Ed Nicholson

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S.  Actually every week should be Thanksgiving week.
Though there are way, way too many hungry people in our country, there are a lot of us who are fed quite well all year long.
And that simply would not be the case without millions of hardworking farmers. 
One doesn’t go into farming because it’s a glamorous business, spiked with opportunities for abundant wealth.
It’s hard work, more so than many of us will ever comprehend.  It’s fraught with risks, and at times the rewards are slim.
The people who go into farming–and stay with it through their lifetimes–have a love for the land that will never be understood by those who do drive-by movies and books about the current "state of agriculture."  If their families haven’t already been in agriculture for generations, you can bet they’re hopeful it’s something they can pass to their children. 
Because they do it, you’ll have something for which to be thankful.
So this week, as you raise your thoughts in thanks, send up some gratitude for the farmers and ranchers who helped put the food on the table. Whether it’s turkey or tofurkey; from across the country or across the highway, a farmer’s market or a megamarket; at your home, a restaurant or in a soup kitchen,  someone worked hard so that you can enjoy your meal.  

At Tyson Foods, we’d like to send thanks to those farmers and ranchers who keep us in business: the folks we buy corn, beans and other ingredients from.  And a special thanks to the  6000 people who grow chickens for us, and the tens of thousands of people who raise the hogs and cattle we buy every day.  We’re grateful for you and to you.

If you agree with this post, we encourage you to use your communications resources to promote gratitude to farmers–post a blog entry or Facebook status.  Or if you’re a Twitter user, use the hashtag #thankafarmer. We’re trying to get the effort to trend at 10 a.m. CST today (Wednesday).

Blog posts about the #ThankAFarmer Effort

Love Thanksgiving? Thank a Farmer – Busy Women’s Guide to Eating Better
Giving Thanks – Cut to the Paste
Be Thankful for a Lot of Things, and Don’t Forget the Farmers – Texas Agriculture Talks
America’s Family Farmers – Food for thought from Monsanto
Farmers make foodie aspirations possible – Farm Bureau Blog
Don’t Be a Turkey This Thanksgiving, Thank a Farmer – Beyond the Rows
Food a Plenty, Thanks to family farmers – NCGA
Giving Thanks – Marketing Newbie
A place to post your thanks – Beef from Pasture to Plate
A Farmer in Northwest Iowa – Faith, Fiction, Friends
Thanking a Farmer for Introducing Me to the World of Beef Cattle – Beef from Pasture to Plate
Fun Facts about the Food We Eat – Ag Day
Thank a Farmer – Beef From Pasture to Plate
#thank a Farmer – JB Chicago
Thank a Farmer – Advocates for Ag
Reflections on Your Thanksgiving Plate–Michele Payn-Knoper
A New Thanksgiving Tradition in the Making? #Thankafarmer 
#ThankaFarmer – Ray-Lin Dairy


2 Replies to “It’s #ThankAFarmer Week”

  1. Wendy J Poole

    Thank you Daddy,  You have been a productive farmer most of my life.  There aren’t many of you left.  I am proud to be a farmer’s daughter!

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