My day starts the same every day of the week. With Jennifer working outside of our home and gone before the rest of us are up and going, usually I am awakened by a rambunctious five-year-old who truly is a farmer’s son, rising every morning before the sun. Then it is off to wake the rest of the crew and get our day started.
Fast and furious it is — getting clothes on for the day, breakfast made and if it’s a school day, lunches packed and book bags prepped for the day. In between all the chaos, I try to read my Ohio’s Country Journal’s Digital Dale and Morning Ag Clips emails as well as any other emails I have received to catch up on any news or happenings that are going on in the world. Then it’s out the door to the chores and jobs of the day.
Every day is not the same on our operation. We have cattle that are fed and checked every day, but after that anything goes depending on the season. Our days may be filled with 16-18 hours of jobs to get completed and that can be one of the best and hardest parts of being a farmer. Then you throw in the challenges of having children 4 and 5 years of age and trying to maintain a balanced family life with them, and it can make us very busy.
Our farming operation has so many layers to it. We are a grain and livestock operation with an employee, all of which takes lots of management. Every day it seems that some new hurdle redirects our management route, whether it is CAUV and taxes rising, the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. regulating the water that puddled up in the corner of my field from that last hard rain, consumers having more questions of how their food is produced, fingers getting pointed at agriculture for things that it may or may not be responsible for, and just trying to be the best stewards we can be and still be a PROFITABLE business.
I know what you are all thinking. It sounds just like your own busy lives, right? So where are we going with this? Life is very busy, and busy people seem to stay busy. This is my point exactly. No matter what your situation, life is busy but I would like to ask a favor of you.
Highland County Farm Bureau needs your help to grow our membership in the county. Just think for a minute “why” you are a member yourself, “who” or “how” it happened that you wanted to join. I am sure most of you were approached by a friend or neighbor who talked to you about the great Nationwide Insurance discounts, or the spectacular farm tours, or generous college scholarships available to members, or the grassroots policy development process that Farm Bureau is known for, or maybe you just wanted to be a part of a network of farmers that are known around the Ohio Statehouse as some of the best agriculturalists around!
The farming community has made many advances in production over the years, but that community continues to shrink. Ohio Farm Bureau membership has been willing to change and adapt to that shrinking population. Our membership has recognized that agriculture is more than just the farmer on the tractor, or the milk maid in the parlor, but also the truck drivers delivering feed and seed and commodities. It is the guys at the fertilizer plant spreading fertilizer or selling you chemicals. The guys working the stockyards at the sale on Thursday or the guy selling feed at the mill all depend on agriculture, and Farm Bureau wants to be there to help them, too. I believe you never even thought about how much our local tractor parts store or even the diner on the corner depended on agriculture.
So I hope by now you are remembering your “why” for being a Farm Bureau member and the great things that get accomplished on your behalf while your busy life gets even more hectic. Remember back to your “how” you joined whether it was a friend or neighbor asking you to join or a specific event that connected you to the organization. Now, while all this is fresh in your mind, think of “who” should be a Farm Bureau member and share with them your “why” and then ask them, “will” you join our great organization. Together with farmers, we can accomplish much!