A Farmer and a Nation Give Thanks

By Aaron Putze, Executive Director Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers

A farmer gives thanks…
For soaking rains in the spring and dry weather come fall;
For daybreaks and sunsets and the beauty of it all.

A farmer gives thanks…
For horsepower and metal and for engines that start cold;
For rearing stock and seed, a miracle that never grows old.

A farmer gives thanks…
For good families and friends, for the ability to work with one's hands; To improvise, create, nurture and build while harvesting bounty from the lands.

A farmer gives thanks…
For long summer days and frigid winter winds that blow;
For each of spring's new beginnings and to reap what they sow.

A farmer gives thanks…
For the challenges they meet and the neighbors they greet;
For the livestock that they raise and for the Sundays they give praise.

A farmer gives thanks…
For the clang of full feeders and the aroma of freshly cut hay; For the playful nudge of a calf and the peck of chickens that lay.

For all they do with skill and devotion,
For abundant and affordable food,
For their stewardship of our land and water
We pause and give thanks… for the Iowa farmer.

About the author
Putze serves as Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers and can be reached at 800-932-2436 or [email protected]. Putze grew up on a grain and livestock farm near West Bend in north central Iowa and holds a degree in communications, public relations and journalism from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to his role with CSIF, Putze served 10 years as a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's Marketing & Communications team.

About the column
Feedyards & Backyards, authored twice-monthly, provides commentary on news and issues related to animal agriculture, farm families and rural communities. An archive of past columns can be accessed at: www.supportiowasfarmers.org/news/feedback/default.aspx.  

About the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers
CSIF is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization launched in 2004. Its mission is to help Iowa livestock farmers grow responsibly and successfully. Since its launch in May 2004, CSIF has offered a helping hand to nearly 800 farm families in meeting and exceeding regulations, finding good locations for new livestock farms and enhancing relationships with neighbors. CSIF does not lobby, develop policy or maintain a membership base. Six farm and commodity groups founded and fund the organization: the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association and the Iowa Soybean Association.

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