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Celebrating Our Farmers This Thanksgiving
Ohio Ag Connection - 11/30/2023

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's more than just a time for family gatherings and festive meals; it's a season to acknowledge the immense efforts of our farmers and agricultural workers. The traditional Thanksgiving table, laden with turkey, green beans, cranberries, and pumpkin pies, is a testament to the successful harvests and the tireless work behind them.

The journey from farm to table is a complex and labor-intensive one. Consider the turkey at the center of your feast. These birds, typically raised on a diet of corn, soybeans, and grains, symbolize the culmination of farmers' year-round dedication. From hatching to maturity, a single turkey consumes 60-80 pounds of grain. To satiate the nation's Thanksgiving appetite alone, over 2.4 billion pounds of grain are required.

But it's not just about the turkey. Each side dish - be it green beans, cranberries, or sweet potatoes - has its own story of hard work and care. Behind every ingredient is a network of farmers, laborers, packers, and many more who ensure these products reach your table.

Thanksgiving's agricultural roots run deep in American history, dating back to when 90% of the population lived on farms. The holiday was initially a celebration of a successful harvest, essential for survival through the winter months. While modern times have brought new traditions, the essence of Thanksgiving remains a tribute to agricultural achievements.

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, remember the farmers who have worked relentlessly throughout the year. From raising livestock to tending crops in greenhouses, their contribution is the backbone of our holiday feasts.

While many of us relax and watch football, remember that for these dedicated individuals, the work never stops. This Thanksgiving let's take a moment to appreciate the hard work and commitment of our nation's farmers, who make our celebrations possible.

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