Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope you have a wonderful day and take a moment to think about all you have to be Thankful for.
Here is a short incomplete list of what I am thankful for:
Family: I am married to a kind, practical, hardworking Rancher who loves me! I have a loving, supporting family that understands me and they are only a phone call away when I need them. We ranch with J’s family. Without their guidance we would not be able to carry on a multi-generational family tradition.
Molly and Roxie: I honestly believe that the dog you need comes when you need it. We are lucky enough to have two such dogs. Molly makes me laugh and brings joy to me everyday. (Yes, I still love Molly when she has an upset tummy and makes a mess on the floor.) I would be lost with out my shadow. J, too, would be astray without his right-hand helper. Roxie has a huge heart and loves to work. It’s awesome to watch the Rancher and Roxie work together.
Agriculture: I am Thankful that our families are able to be sustainable in beef production and help feed the world. 155 people a year, to be exact!
I appreciate the hard work all agriculture producers do to provide food, fuel and fiber. In addition to these products, I think it’s important to mention some everyday by-products that come from agriculture. Here are a few examples:
Cattle: Detergent and bar soap, candles, plastics, lubricant fluids motor vehicles, glue, insulin for diabetic treatments and epinephrine(adrenalin) to treat allergic shock.
Swine: Human heart valves, cosmetics, glass, adhesives, and antifreeze.
Corn: Antibiotics, aspirin, disposable diapers, ink, latex paint, wallpaper and shoe polish.
Soybeans: Candy ingredients, anti-corrosive products, disinfectants, linoleum backing, pharmaceuticals, particle board and plywood.
Again, this is a very shortened list of agriculture commodity by-products, but I think it gets my point across. Ag products influence our lives everyday, many in ways we can’t even imagine.
I also want to share these two videos. I am sure some of you have seen them already, but they seem fitting for the day.
May you be blessed with food to nourish you, family and friends to love you, and a safe warm place to call home.