As an Agriculture Communications major and not having much of a background in agriculture, let me tell you how much I am learning about this incredible industry, and more importantly, the leaders of this industry.
One big lesson that I have learned is that some of the most accepting and loving people come from the world of agriculture. Many people have their special talents but I’ve learned that it’s farmers that are my superheroes!
These are just some of the ways farmers are different than superheroes:
- They don’t wear their underwear on the outside of their pants.
- They don’t have an alter ego to hide their superhero-ness-they just own it. Farmers aren’t anybody but themselves and they’re proud of it!
- They feed the world, instead of fighting crime.
- Their capes are actually farmer hats
- Their mode of transportation doesn’t fly but has four-wheel drive. Farmers need four-wheel drive to pull and load heavy farm equipment
- Farmers work past bedtime to make sure the day’s work is done. Being a farmer is a lot of hard work! A farmer works around the clock to make sure daily chores are accomplished. This isn’t no nine to five job!
- Their kryptonite is the battle to choose between red or green. Will it be John Deere or Case International? Which one is better?
- Farmers don’t wear tights they wear fashionable flannel.
- Their idea of a vacation is coming back with a farmers tan. A farmer’s tan refers to the tan lines developed by a working farmer regularly exposed to the sun. The farmer’s tan is usually started with a suntan covering only the arms and neck. It is distinct in that the shoulders, chest, and back remain unaffected by the sun.
- Their partners in crime may cluck or moo but they will always be there for you. There is no greater bond than an animal and its caretaker!
- Farmers are so much more than just superheroes. They are one of a kind. I have so much respect for these men, women, and families who work around the clock to provide each and every one of us food, and other vital resources. Where would we be without these producers?
Fun fact: Did you know that for every acre of land harvested provides food for 122 people?
Next time you see a farmer thank them for all the hard work that they do!