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Making a Food Connection

No holiday says 'food' like Thanksgiving. Thanks readers.

I don't usually do this, my blogs are pretty focused on technology or on farm equipment. But this week, I'll make an exception in part due to last week's blog where John Deere worked hard to make a deeper connection between the farmer and the food produced.

Of course they used can goods, and I'll just be using words.

We focus a lot on production in our magazines - that's what we want to do, provide you with the latest information so you can do the best job possible to bring in a bigger, more profitable crop. At the level we work, the raw commodities have an important place in the grand scheme of things, but we get so tied up in planting, fertilizing, spraying, and harvesting, that I sometimes have a little disconnect with the food part.

Add in that we're pushing all kinds of uses of our commodities to make sure "profit" is possible, which means biofuels, alternative products and others uses, that the food conversation can also get muddled.

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's a good idea to step back and think about what really matters - you.

Every day you get up thinking about your job, which involves making sure that you have a crop, a herd, a flock, a field that produces tasty, nutritious food. These days there are some groups that confuse their agendas with what matters - quality and quantity of food. You don't have time for that, you bet the farm every season on bringing in the crop and I'm glad you do.

This week we'll be more in touch with food than ever before whether we're making a turkey (me), a standing rib roast (my beef producer friends) or a pork roast (hog producers). We'll be putting together all the trimmings, which cover a wide range of crops from corn to sweet potatoes to bread (good stuffing starts with good bread). So thanks to you all.

In my private life I like to cook and eat (profile picture shows the eating part is important); and tasty food is important to me. This season of thanks means that I'll be thanking a farmer this year - as we do every year.

And as you get this year's harvest parked in the bin, and start planning for next year, thanks for that too. The ag tradition you have built with your family is one we ALL rely on every year to make sure we can put food on our tables. As an agricultural journalist, I get a better understanding of where my food comes and all the hard work that goes into its production. But it all starts with you…a simple thanks is what I offer in return.

Happy Thanksgiving! And enjoy the holidays.

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