MERIDIAN — Floyd T. Killebrew, Jr., U.S. Navy veteran (12/13/74 - 04/13/80)
This Thanksgiving, give thanks for the farmer too
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this Thanksgiving and give thanks to God for all the blessings he bestows on us, don’t forget about the small segment of our population that God uses to bring many of those blessings to us. For the 98 percent of Americans who are not directly involved in the agriculture industry, the 24/7 life of a farmer or rancher probably goes unnoticed.
To produce the newspaper you are holding, if you’re not reading this online, a tree farmer grew the tree for the paper and a soybean farmer produced soybeans for the ink. If you are enjoying breakfast while you read, thank a farmer. When you get dressed, thank the farmers on the 2.2 million farms involved in production agriculture.
These individuals provide the basic necessities of life in abundance and at a lower percentage of our disposable income than anywhere else in the world.
Only in the United States is such a wide variety of food available to everyday consumers. It's important to support the farmers and ranchers who work day in and day out to produce this plentiful, safe, affordable supply of food, fiber and fuel.
Mississippi’s 82 counties contain over 42,000 farms made up of over 30.5 million acres of farmland and forests. These farms produce agriculture products with a market value of more than $7.5 billion annually, contributing significantly to the state’s economy.
So as you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, join my colleagues and me at the Mississippi Farm Bureau in asking God’s blessings on those that produced the food, those that prepared it, and also those at the table eating it.
May God bless each of you and keep you safe this holiday season.
Randy Knight, President of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation