Giving thanks in tough times


As we gather around our tables this holiday season, America’s farmers and ranchers have good reason to be thankful and to hope. Thanksgiving began on the farm, and I can’t think of a more fitting place for the roots of hope and gratitude to take hold. Yes, we have faced — and continue to face — hard times, but we don’t reserve gratitude only for the easy times.

Even on the tough days, I can’t imagine a better job than being a farmer, taking care of the land that’s been home to my family for three generations....

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