Farming and ranching. It' a family tradition. It's an experience that hands knowledge from generation to generation. It brings hope with every sun rise, and joy with every new calf. It's early mornings in a tractor, and late nights admiring the beautiful sight of sudan sprouts even after a freeze. It's thanking the Lord every day, and praying for the guidance to raise children and corn the right way. It's a passion that can only be seen through the worn eyes of a weary farmer after a long day's work.
It's not easy, though. With land prices, tractor costs, fuel bills, and feed inputs ever increasing - it's a risky business. Farmers take a chance, lay down the capital, and spend endless nights lying awake, praying that the temperatures don't drop, and the plants just grow.
In a nut shell - farmers place their bets, and play poker with mother nature. Sometimes the farmer wins, sometimes the weather wins. Even experienced farmers who have farmed for decades have to roll the dice every year, it's a combination of wisdom and grace.
When the weather wins, farmers depend on government subsidies to provide capital to plant again the next year. No, it's not "free" money, it's money that guarantee's the food market will remain stable, and constant, and produced in America.
No matter how experienced, knowledgeable, or smart a farmer is, sometimes it just doesn't work out. And it's not their fault. To keep food prices low, the government set's regulations in the Farm Bill to provide for farmers to keep their business going.
For instance check out this video about Florida peanut farmers suffering the pain of a lack of governmental support.
Please take a moment to pray for these farmers that have invested so much to simply provide for Americans.
It is risky? You bet. Nobody ever said farming was easy.
But you better bet your bottom dollar, it's worth every lost penny.