Letter to the editor: Farmer recognition overdue

By PETER BRANDT | Elroy

A recent national poll named farming as the most respected occupation in the United States. Those of us who live and work around farmers likely think: what took so long? They provide the most prosperity and security to our nation of any profession. The recent short-term food and supply scarcities caused by the pandemic made people rethink their reliance on grocery store shelves to fill their every need at any time.

The recent tragic loss of local farmer Logan Henthorne brings to light the risks faced every day by our farming neighbors. An outstanding young man lost his life doing what he loved but at a great cost to his family and friends. His contribution to our community should not be forgotten.

The demands on farmers, especially dairy and livestock, are continuous. We all know those who have had hips, knees, and shoulders replaced or fingers lost. The mental and psychological strain of financial risk, unstable markets, and animal care can wear people down as well. It takes a great amount of fortitude and resilience.

Let’s not take for granted the work undertaken and the wonderful food provided by our farm families. We should not need a pandemic nor a tragedy to remind us of how fortunate we are to have this bounty provided. God bless their labor.

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