Looking forward to Christmas

winter barn

Anyone who’s spent any time around farmers knows that they are strong, independent and courageous, often in the face of overwhelming odds. Year after year, farmers and ranchers deal with a wide range of issues over which they have no control, including droughts, floods and storms, market disruption from trade disputes, labor shortages, low commodity prices — and the list goes on. 

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic multiplied the impact of all of these issues and added to the already high stress levels farmers are carrying.

Despite these continuing pres­­sures that build throughout the year, we look forward to the holidays as a time to unwind, relax and spend time with family and friends. There’s a certain comfort in tradition, seeing loved ones...

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