Faith, Trust, And Farming Dust: The Secret To Siouxland’s Success
As much as other parts of the country and the world try to downplay the role of the farmer, we know better. There are few jobs on this great planet that require a more wholesome commitment of time, energy, physical stamina, and willpower. The task is so great that no one person can do it alone; it takes a partnership, a family, a community, and a region. When the sun shines or the hail drops, we all feel it and know what it means; cities don’t have that collective burden or that connected luxury, and they are the poorer for it.
The agricultural industry relies heavily on the three major factors farmers have little control over: the weather, the markets, and their equipment. They can no more prevent hail than they can a drop in demand or a coolant leak on a tractor. In fact, any sane person would see all the risks and work involved in being a pork producer or a grain farmer and turn their heels. The people here didn’t, and it’s not for lack of intelligence or better options, far from it, in fact; the farmers here do their jobs because they know they can, and they know they must. Farmers may not be able to predict a successful year, but they have faith in God, Mother Nature, and their own ability to fix what’s broken. And that’s close enough.
Seaboard Triumph Foods has been happy to call Siouxland home for so many reasons. While this region has seen its share of tornadoes and hail storms, diseases, and hardships, these pockets of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and South Dakota have many things not present in other parts of their states or the country. Our weather is milder. Our soil is richer. Our people are nicer. Our hills roll kindly, and our rivers are close at hand. We are in the middle of nowhere and the center of it all, which is exactly where we need to be to get our work done.
Farming is more than in our roots and in our blood. It’s on our tables and on plates around the planet. No one feeds the world like the person driving the tractor in July’s 100-degree temps with 10 hours under the belt and at least five more to go. No one else is working harder to make sure that the food is wholesome, clean, useful, and delicious. The secret to Siouxland’s success is in that commitment and in that connection to the land and each other. We don’t all have to be farmers to appreciate their foundational importance to our region and the globe; we just have to look out our windows. We consider it a blessing that we don’t have to wonder where our food comes from. It comes from here.
Seaboard Triumph Foods would like to take this opportunity to thank our local farmers for all they do in feeding families here and abroad. Your work does not go unnoticed, and we are grateful.