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“God created a farmer” – today’s potato news

Dear readers, most of us – whoever we are and wherever we are in the world – are undoubtedly living in turbulent and unprecedented times. Some more than others, probably. But nevertheless – this is what thousands and thousands of farmers around the world do…

As a former farmer, I feel so much for them, dear readers? I can feel their pain, I can empathize with the desperation that many of them feel on a daily basis, and certainly – I often feel it in the night hours when many farmers around the world find it difficult to sleep, or even hope for a better future, which coming soon…

A speech by conservative US radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (who died in 2009) was the talk of the town when it was delivered in America so many years ago – 1978 to be exact.

Here is the text of his speech, published in Atlantic in 2013. We sincerely thank you for republishing here (the full article can be found at Atlantic website – courtesy and credit to Farms.com as well):

And on the 8th day, God looked at his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God created the farmer.

God said, “I need somebody who is willing to get up before dawn, milk the cows, work all day in the field, milk the cows again, have dinner, and then go into town and stay at the school board meeting past midnight.” So God created the farmer.

“I need someone with hands strong enough to rustle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver their own grandchild. Someone who calls pigs, tames acerbic machinery, comes home hungry, has to wait for dinner until his wife has finished feeding the visiting ladies, and tells the ladies to be sure and come back soon – and it’s serious.’ So God created the farmer.

God said, “I need someone who is willing to sit up all night with a newborn foal. And watch it die. Then wipe his eyes and say, “Maybe next year.” I need someone to make an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a piece of a car tire, make a wire harness, make feed bags and shoe scraps. And who, taking into account the time of sowing and harvesting, will finish his forty-hour work week by noon on Tuesday, and then, sore from the “tractor back”, spend another seventy-two hours. So God created the farmer.

God had to have someone ready to drive down the ruts at double speed to pick up the hay before the rain clouds, yet stop in the middle of the field and rush to help when he saw the first smoke from the house next door. So God created the farmer.

God said, “I need someone strong enough to clear trees and raise stakes, yet gentle enough to tame the lambs and wean the pigs and tend the pink combs, who will stop his mower for an hour to cut up the broken leg of a meadowlark.” lark . It had to be someone who plowed deep and straight, not cut corners. Someone sowed, weeded, fed, bred and raked, and disced, and plowed, and planted, and tied the wool, and expressed the milk, and filled the feeder, and ended the week’s hard work with a five-mile ride to church.

“Someone who would bring a family together with soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh and then respond with a smile in his eyes when his son says he wants to spend the rest of his life ‘doing what daddy does. “.” So God created the farmer.

Paul Harvey making these remarks against the background of pictures in honor of the farmers can be seen here YouTube video:

https://www.potatonewstoday.com/2022/08/14/on-the-8th-day-so-god-made-a-farmer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-the-8th-day-so-god-made-a-farmer “God created a farmer” – today’s potato news

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