We often overlook the work of farmers, and their families. It seems like the hours, and the sacrifices they make in order to ensure we have food on the table would be more appreciated.

If you are a farmer or you have some in your life you know it's not an easy career choice, and the sacrifice.

Originally written for a Blog on AgStar, I found this letter on mnfarmliving.com

Here is a piece of of the letter offering some warm, and honest encouragement to young farmers under 35:

Farming is an honorable occupation, but it is not for the faint of heart. It is a profession overflowing with risk, hard work and great rewards. Right now, the risk involved with farming is wearing our patience thin. If there is anything that is constant with farming, it is volatility. Volatility means liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse. And, it’s the worst part that is affecting us now. Most people would never be able to handle the volatility farmers experience, but, we are tough and we will persevere and we will be better.


Sometimes just knowing others have been where you've been, and that there is hope up ahead for whatever we're facing can offer enough strength to keep going one more mile.

The author goes on to offer his advice, and practical suggestions on how to weather these times. You can't substitute experience, and the advice here is a heartfelt heads up to the next generation that will be feeding so many.

Be patient, you will get through this. In five years, farming will be different than it is today. You may need to make some tough decisions, but in the end, you and your farming business will be better because of it. Take some time for yourself and your family. And always, always remember what is really important in your life, which is your faith, friends and family.

Yours truly,

Farmers who understand and have been through this before and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks to all the farmers, and your families for the hours you put in, and the sacrifices you make.

To read the entire letter click here.

Sources: Agstar/www.mnfarmliving.com

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