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Thank you, America's farmers

As we approach this Thanksgiving season, it’s important for all to know that American agriculture continues to provide food and nourishment for every family in the USA and exports more than 30 percent of what is produced in excess of our needs. This is truly a blessing that God has allowed us to enjoy while we work every day as stewards of His domain.

As we pause at our Thanksgiving tables to thank our Creator for the abundant food we enjoy, let each of us remember that it was through the efforts of an individual who worked long hours in extreme temperatures that this food was made available to us.  Let’s remember that, as Americans, we have the safest, most abundant food supply of any consumer group in the world.  While farmers often get the blame for high food prices, the American consumer must remember that the farmer’s take is only about 17 cents out of every dollar.

All of us face economic challenges in the capitalistic form of government we have all come to enjoy, but let us never compromise the principles that make our farms such an important part of our economy and national sovereignty. While we remain dependent on foreign governments for our energy needs, we must never allow our public policy to deteriorate to the point that we are dependent on other nations for our food supply.

As we say thanks for the abundance we enjoy at this Thanksgiving time, may we also say a special prayer for every farmer who produces in such abundance that we are able to enjoy his bounty all year long.

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