I don’t live on a farm. I live in town. I don’t farm. I am a City Clerk. My husband doesn’t farm. He is a Field Sale Agronomist. But, I am an #agwife! There are days during the year that I am a “farm widow” (meaning T works late and I’m home alone or attending events alone). There are times during the year that I’m a “single step-mom” because T is working. His phone can ring at any time of the day, week day or weekend, with a farmer needing something and he delivers! There are sacrifices that our family makes for the sake of farming. We don’t plan trips on the weekends during planting and harvest season. T misses some of the boys’ activities to be assisting his farmers. Some days, T doesn’t get a lunch unless I pack one for him. But, we wouldn’t have it any other way because we firmly believe in what the farmers are doing for our country and world.
I grew up on a farm, my whole family has practically been farmers at some point in their life or still are, my dad lives on a farm and farms, and my boys and I love spending time there! However, we aren’t farmers, but we are still very closely connected to the agricultural and farming life. You see my husband is a Field Sales Agronomist. It is his job to sell seed, fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, soil testing, and other products to the farmer. It is his job to know which products are best for the farmers an help them make educated decisions. While his job IS sales driven, it isn’t what is the core of him and his job! One of the many things I love about my hubby is his heart. He truly puts the best interest of the farmer and his land before a sale. While sales are great, he isn’t going to recommend something to one of his customers if he doesn’t think it’s really going to be beneficial to them.
Recently, just like everyone else in the world, I’ve seen lots of negative things on the Internet about farmers, chemicals, GMO’s, and their practices. I take this to heart just as much as the farmers themselves for several reasons. The first being selfish, which is that the sale of herbicides, insecticides, fertilizer, and seed is what supports my family, but also because I know the TRUTH about these products and the practices of farmers all around.
While I don’t want this post to become a political one, I do want to say to have kindness in your heart when you learn about farming and the practices. Take the time to really get to KNOW it, not just what you read online and make sure your sources are reputable and from people who are actually “hands on” in the process! Be accepting. I may not agree with your decision to lead an organic non-GMO lifestyle, but I won’t ridicule you and dismiss you as uneducated for it, so please do not do the same to those who choose otherwise. We are lucky enough to live in a society in which we have choices and we all need to learn to respect each others choices!
Please be aware of what the farmers in today’s world are REALLY doing for society. Take some time and get to know one personally. Spend time on their farm before you make your decisions. Really learn why they do what they do! Realize that farmers and farmers families (and all of us involved in the farming profession) sacrifice to feed the world. I’m not claiming to have all the answers, but to be honest, none of us do and realizing that is all part of Learning As I Go!