Agriculture is quite the adventure
Celebrated and highlighted once a year.
Family tables would be terribly empty
Without a farmer doing his work daily.
Grinning when the prices are high
Grumbling when the markets decline
It’s a high stakes way of making a living
With many a hard earned dollar investing
Relying on the Farm and Livestock Directory
to keep us up to date
On the latest news and innovations
To put to good use on farm operations.
Increasing efficiency while reducing
Debt load, making a decent living,
Being a good citizen and neighbor,
Spouse and parent define a farmer.
Chief bottle washer, for sure
When triplet lambs or calves do
Require more nutrition than mama
Can provide to quiet the family drama.
Unravelling the farm program mystery
Keeping all calculations accurately
Reporting acreages to FSA offices
Making sure all is in order.
Living the dream from that first day
Dad gave a ride in the tractor cab.
Envisioning many times his own farm
Where nary a weed could be found.
Taking care of the soil and water
His goal is to leave his farmland better
Than when it was first entrusted
To his care and protection.
Unpredictable weather and events
Can play havoc with the best of plans.
Farming demands a persevering attitude
Facing each setback with cheerful fortitude.
Really a livelihood, yet also a lifestyle
The two are often inseparable
The view from the kitchen window
Can be work to do or the shady willow.
Everchanging, like the sunrise each morning.
Yet, still the same sense of wonder each spring
When that first green blade is appearing,
The farmer kneeling asks God for His blessing.