It was time to make a “farm tour” and check the fields. Expanses of cut wheat shared the horizon with earnest fields of beans, milo, corn and the occasional fallow ground. Cliche though it may be, I stood in the road’s intersection and looked to each compass point. The silence surrounded me.
I thought of the generations of families who have chosen to be good stewards and respect the land. I thought of the faded billboard reminding passersby that “one Kansas farmer feeds 128 people and you”. I thought of our neighbors in North Dakota and along the Missouri river whose fields and homes are under water; those in Oklahoma and Texas whose crops died for lack of moisture; and those in the Southwest fighting sand storms and wildfires.
Then I smiled.
Knowing, in my heart, “country folk” will lend a hand as needed; then rebuild and replant. After all —- they have a world to feed.
Editors note: In honor of World Population Day we celebrate all of the farmers that work hard day-in and day-out to provide enough food to support our ever-growing populations. AGCO works hard to provide farmers with high-tech solutions so that they CAN feed the world. So as you eat your breakfast this morning, take a moment and think about the farmers that contributed to everything you are eating. Learn more about world population growth.