Tuesday, July 12, 2016
ELMER'S POST - FARMERS FEED AMERICA
Marilyn was telling me she took these pictures and I told her to put them on my post. I know some of you do not live in a farm area and some don't live in this country. Want you to see what crops look like growing. The last picture is of corn growing. Think that is one the one people like the most. Also note, by the soil, we could use some water around here.
We also have cows for milk and cattle for meat. Some raise pigs for food. Lambs for wool and for food. I could go on.
Problem is, the price of farming costs a lot to farmers, so some sell and go into another occupation. Also, some farming areas have been purchased by others who put businesses or houses in. Even gambling casinos. This all makes the price of land go up.
Also, the weather God has for us, also makes a big decision on how things will grow and how much will grow. Right now, we are not doing too bad, but if we don't get water soon, there may be problems. People like Anna and I that have been farming for years, have saved from the good years, for the bad years. But, new farmers like Jean's Thomas and our John, a bad year could almost wipe them out.
Being Old Order Mennonite and Amish, we wouldn't let them go under, but there are many farmers that don't have anyone to help them out during a bad year. What they make is what they got.
Also, many young folk today, do not want to go into farming. It takes a lot of money to get started, a lot of work and sometimes not with a great profit. They look for other trades or occupations where you are pretty sure of a pay check every week. If they have a family to support, in a way, I can see their way. Honestly that is why most of us have two occupations. I am a farmer, but I also put on house siding. David, Jean's husband, does farming but also does inside house remodeling for people. All of our son's and their's except David Jr., have other jobs to keep us busy and make money.
Anna says I am going on. It's just that I want people to know where the bulk of their food comes from. Also, that it is sad to see that there are fewer farmers in America. Some think farming is a low grade job. (I know I've said that before.)
Anna says "end it. I am carrying on." Just want you to know that I am glad to be a farmer. Most of us are. Glad we can put the food on your table and ours.
Trust God's Wisdom,