REBLOG: Please read Audrey’s post about farmers and their struggles.
Tilling at sunset, Redwood County, Minnesota.
I WITNESSED THE DESPAIR first-hand. The overwhelming concern that can settle in when bad weather affects crops, prices drop and the bills pile high.
A well-kept, stately barn west of New Ulm, Minnesota.
Too many years I observed the struggles my dad faced as a farmer. Even as a kid I understood. But now, as an adult reflecting on my past, I understand even more. I observed the stress Dad faced in 1976 when a drought left him without enough feed for the livestock and necessitated purchasing a boxcar full of hay from Montana. I recall, too, the time he dumped milk down the drain, part of a National Farmers Organization protest over low milk prices. And then, when a tornado hit our farm, he had to make agonizing decisions about whether to rebuild.
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Penny, thank you kindly for sharing this post. Together we writers can help through the power of our words.
You are most welcome, Audrey.
Terribly sad for all the hard work that goes into farming. I have always felt for them because their crops really do rely on the weather conditions, and the weather hasn’t exactly been cooperative for many years.
I know. A scary way to make a living.
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