I hope that your Christmas season was full of GREAT family time and DELICIOUS food! I know mine sure was! As my family gathered around the table Christmas day before the meal, I could not help but notice how the food dishes and trimmings looked like a portrait right out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Baked ham(perfectly sliced), dressing(that would make Paula Deen want the recipe), broccoli casserole, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, pecan pie and sour cream pound cake to top it all off. Needless to say, the Sapp family didn’t leave the dinner table hungry on Christmas!
As I have talked with friends from across the country about their Christmas festivities, it seems the one thing that is consistent about Christmas across America is that we all eat very well! Our families break out their best recipes, trek to the local grocery store and cook for hours to deliver the best of their best.
As I sat on the couch, stuffed on Christmas afternoon, I began to think…. we all rave about Aunt Iris’s baked ham and thank Uncle David for his famous dressing but how often do we take the time to consider how fortunate we are to have the diverse abundant food supply that makes all of our favorite dishes.
We are blessed to live in a country that has the land resources to overcome droughts and disease to provide food for millions around the world. We are blessed to live in a country that values research and technology, which allows us to produce more food with less land, and we are blessed to have men and women who have dedicated their lives to feeding others, even when their profession has not always been considered the most glamorous. We are able to enjoy the Pinterest delights and traditional favorite foods of Christmas and beyond because of the American agriculture industry.
As we turn our attention to the upcoming year and begin to make New Year’s resolutions, let’s consider making a resolution to recognize the efforts of the American farmer. Accomplishing this resolution can be as simple as thanking a local producer for all that they do, or possibly even deciding to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in agriculture. Nevertheless, in 2013, let’s make a point to refocus on how blessed we are to have a vibrant agriculture industry and continue to innovate ways that we can lead it into the future.
Living to serve,
National FFA President