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When you pray for rain, you pray for me.

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

We are all dependent on the rain to grow crops and nourish grasslands. Beyond our ties to the food we consume at meals multiple times a day... We are connected to agriculture, all of us.

Before food makes it to your table it comes from the heartland, the coasts, the plains, the mountains and the desert. Our food comes from families!

Families like mine that have been taking care of the land since the late 1800s. But also families that have found more recent opportunities in agriculture.

Agriculture is so much more than food. It’s also medicine like pulmonary surfactant that helps babies born premature breathe! It’s the clothes we wear, the tires on our vehicles, and so many other items that we use every single day.

We don’t do this alone. Veterinarians, bankers, agronomists, and nutritionists all make up our core team.

But that’s not all of us either. It’s the...

Truckers, dispatch, elevators, the railroad, brokers, road crews, barge & ship crews

Processors, mills, butchers, packers, bakeries and grocery stores

Equipment & vehicle dealers, manufacturers, service techs, salesmen and our ride or die parts guy

Researchers, scientists and the educators of the next round of innovators

Restaurants, cafes, doctors, dentists and nurses that keep us going

Professionals that give updates on weather, markets, policy and happenings that affect them all

Electricians, plumbers, machinists and soldiers

Negotiators, commodity groups, lobbyists and politicians

Local suppliers of propane, fuel, seed, chemical, fertilizer, tires

Accountants, tax pros and landlords

All of our tech companies and tech support!

Extended family that shows up for the big days and eats every holiday meal late because we are doing chores

The village that watches our littles

Priests and pastors and the congregation that prays

All of us — We are agriculture. We are all dependent on the rain to grow crops and nourish grasslands. When you pray for rain you are praying for me. You're praying for my family. And you're praying for every family that earns a living from rural America.

We are in this together. All of us -- because we are agriculture.

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