At a recent Ag Appreciation Banquet held in my hometown, I took my youngest sister Kaley. We were quickly joined by an older gentleman, and of course, like all of us in agriculture, he knew us in a round about way. He told me that he had made me a "I Love 4-H" bib for me when I was a baby. He talked about how the neighbor's Charolais bull jumped over the fence and bred his Shorthorn cows to create "pink calves." He talked about the importance of talking to your calves, so they are used to people when they get to the sale barn. And, he talked about his family and how important they are to him. The companionship and the warm conversation was thoroughly enjoyed, from an elderly producer to my teenage sister. As the evening came to a close, I thought about those of you who tune into this blog every day and leave comments or send emails. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I thought I would take this opportunity to say it. So, thank you, farmers and ranchers. You are my heroes.
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