A Thanksgiving tribute: Paul Harvey on why God made a farmer

By Jim Whitt

On Thursday most of us will sit down to tables covered with more food than we can say grace over. Here in America, that bounty comes to us as a result of the safest and most efficient food production system ever known to mankind.

I’ve been fortunate to be involved in food production all my life, either directly or indirectly. Meat, milk, eggs, vegetables and bread do not magically appear on grocery shelves or on our dinner plates in a restaurant. This Thanksgiving I want to pay tribute to those who work on the ground floor of food production by sharing a very short and moving video entitled So God Made a Farmer.

You’ll recognize the narrator’s voice as that of the late Paul Harvey. The words are from a speech he delivered at the 1978 National FFA Convention. The images that accompany this powerful narrative include some friends of mine who are actively engaged in feeding the world.

The producer of this video is the very talented Mark Vierthaler, Director of Communications with Servi-Tech, Inc., a client I work with that exists for the purpose of making the planet more productive.

Before you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal you might consider sharing this video with your family and friends just so they’ll know, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story — the story about the people who produce all that food you’re about consume.

Then you can say grace and thank God — for making a farmer.

To view go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YBmK_3LUzE&feature=share

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