I work for my family, because my first responsibility is to provide for them.
I work for my community, to give back a little for all what so many do for me and mine.
I work for my customers, so that they and their families can eat the healthiest food possible at the lowest price possible.
I work for my country, because I can live free to do what I do.
I work to feed my country’s soldiers, because they offer their lives so I and my family can be free.
I work to put food on the tables of those who don’t have it and don’t know how they’ll feed breakfast to their children tomorrow.
I work for my land, because it is what sustains my family, and I care for it and renew it and do what I need to do to be a good steward of it.
I work for my farm animals and livestock, because those creatures are critical to my farm’s success.
I work for the past, to recognize and honor the farmers who came before me.
I work for the present, to make a living at something I couldn’t imagine not doing.
I work for the future, so that my children, and yours, will never know what hunger means first-hand.
I work because I believe in what I do.
I am a farmer.
This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the food on our tables, and for all of the people who work so hard to put it there: farmers.