12 Oct Did You Eat Today? Thank a Farmer!
Today (October 12th) is National Farmers Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the hard work and sacrifice of U.S. farmers as well as their role in American history, culture and the economy.
The agricultural industry has become quite innovative and has found new ways to incorporate technology to improve operations and conserve resources. While innovation is encouraged, the industry also wants to honor the legacy of the generations who have paved the way for more efficient, modern methods of farming.
Keith Wedgworth of Wedgworth Farms elaborated on the subject of legacy stating, “Even with all the water and labor issues we face, it goes back to family heritage. I’m a fourth-generation farmer…and I want to make sure that I’m able to tell my kids that I was a part of that heritage that hopefully will be passed down for many generations to come.” 
According to Southeast AgNET, “More than two-million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 97% of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.” 
Here at A.M. Transport we have a number of employees who are part of the legacy of their family farms. Although each of their roles might be different, the things that they share are memories made with family, appreciation for hard work and life lessons learned…
Laura (Account Manager):
“My dad has been a farmer since he was a young boy. He farmed with his dad every year until his dad passed away (and his dad farmed with his dad). Over the years, they’ve had livestock and grain farm. Currently he only has the grain farm-corn and soybeans. Here’s a pic of us helping my dad combine and another pic that my mom took of my dad combining at sunset over the weekend. Growing up on the farm has instilled the “Get R Done” mentality.”
Sam (Carrier Manager):
“My Brother and I raise about 25K hogs per year. Which keeps us hopping. We’ve been raising hogs forever. The pictures are of my brothers and I (Sam is pictured on the left) remodeling some of our barns, and the most important piece of equipment on our farm: the tool truck. The third is of the planter which was my view most springs when we still raised grain. Running the farm with my family made me learn to be prepared for change and to expect the unexpected. Also being in the modern livestock industry taught me that everything you do needs to be done right (and then double-checked) because it will be scrutinized heavily by regulatory groups.”
“I have grown up in a family of farmers and agriculture. Before Grandpa retired he farmed 3,ooo + acres raising soybeans, corn, hay, and beef cattle. I have spent many hours on a tractor, in a combine, or just shuffling people around from field to field during planting and harvest season. We have raised cattle for as long as I can remember. Lots of good memories and good friends were made showing cattle in many states, man I miss those days!! Living on a farm is definitely a different life. Lots of commitment and determination when you live on a farm. I wouldn’t change it for anything and would go back in a heartbeat!!”
Thanks for sharing, Laura, Sam and Molly!
Check out this video courtesy of AgDaily! (if the video will not play on your device, click here to view it on the site)
 Retrieved from: http://southeastagnet.com/2016/10/12/national-farmers-day/