We started our barley harvest on Monday, and then I realized how apropos it was considering it was Labor Day.

Typically (or at least, in my experience), Labor Day is celebrated by the office rats and the business employees of suburbia and urban areas. It’s a holiday, a freebie, a chance for time-and-a-half pay. I doubt many have even considered what it’s about. According to Wikipedia, Labor Day was instituted as a federal holiday to  “celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers.” Now, it’s pretty much the celebrated end of Summer, and an excuse for businesses to put their goods on sale.

I think Labor Day should really be celebrated for the people in our agriculture field, the farmers and ranchers who put food on YOUR table and tables around the world. Without the American farming industry, so many more would go hungry. Did you know we ship OVER $100 BILLION of our home-grown products and crops to countries over seas?? And that with the products the average U.S. farmer grows, that farmer is able to feed 155 people a day?? If we aren’t talking food, how about economics? Also according to Americas Farmers, farmers are a direct lifeline to more than 23 million U.S. jobs in all kinds of industries. (Italics mine)

That’s HUGE.

Just think, now, what the world would be like with no farmers. If you think we’re bad off now with layoffs and poverty and hunger, think again.

It is through the American farmer/rancher’s labor — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, year in and year out, spanning GENERATIONS of family life — that we can sit down to dinner. So next time you order a steak, or french fries, or the next time you grab a gallon of milk out of the grocery cooler, take a moment to think about the path that food took to get to your plate. 🙂

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