The View From Here
With spring in full swing, soon yielding to the onslaught of summer, we are navigating our way through one of the most tumultuous periods witnessed in most of our lifetimes. We have all been recently introduced to a completely new approach to every aspect of home, personal and business life.
Some may admit, that not every aspect of the daily life we are being forced to conform to is all bad though. While certainly difficult, taxing and strenuous in many ways, there is a calm across the land we may not have felt in decades…or longer. As trying as this period is, there could also be an eerie relaxed spirit running parallel.
Shakespeare once said “I cried when I had no shoes; but I stopped when I saw a man with no legs. Life is full of blessings and sometimes we do not value them”. It is true that we might be facing a financial set back unlike any other most of us have experienced. But we could also reason that in turn this stark episode of despair has delivered a time to reflect with family and friends that might have been forgotten in the speed that life has been traveling.
For those of us in the world of agriculture, there is little time for us to sit back and refigure our next direction. We are either planting, feeding, milking, and tending the herds, or harvesting. All according to our calendar that is directly related to seasons.
We get up before the sun. We are in our fields, barns and pastures all day every day regardless of the weather. We make hay when the sun shines. We deal with the rain when it blesses us. And we understand that our herds and our flocks need us to attend to them every day of their lives.
Agriculture cannot stop and wait for the government to provide us direction. We have little wiggle room to alter our tasks and duties in the windows of time we are presented in a growth cycle. Depending upon weather, heat units, days before frost, gestation periods and life cycles, we must abide by a stringent timeline controlled by Miss Mother Nature herself.
American agriculture is truly a basic American industry. Like forestry, fishing, and mining, our lives intertwine with the earth to create the basic ingredients that the rest of the world needs to meet the food, shelter and life-giving demands of an immense population. We are here together to provide food, fiber, medicines and fuel that allows our nation to not just survive but thrive.
The news about the agricultural opportunity or our prospects of a positive outcome is generally less than giddy at present. Milk, cheese, lettuce, corn, cattle, pork, cotton, wheat, and a slug of other commodities are suffering immense downward price pressures. Of course, its understandable that when there is so much disruption in the food supply chain coming from so many fronts, it is worrisome at the least.
Yet, farmers and ranchers everywhere are facing this current challenge head on and head strong. In Arizona and southern California, the spring produce harvest continues to help keep our salad bowls filled. Our dairies continue to feed and milk their herds to provide cheese, butter, yogurt and all kinds of milk products stocked on grocers’ shelves. The ranchers and sheep herders are enjoying the green feed provided by winter rains. Hay is being cut and baled to feed horses, cattle herds and flocks across the globe.
At Empire Agriculture, we began early on to prepare as best we could to allow our teams to continue providing uninterrupted support while remaining healthy, safe and aware of the protocols necessary to operate. We are here at each location today tending to the delivery of machines, providing timely parts and service support and helping with financial challenges where we can. We are here to help support your agricultural needs and to push forward during these big challenges.
Yes, we are in this together and this too shall pass are oft repeated sayings of late. So, let’s think like Henry Ford who believed that obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Remember, too, Charlie Chaplin who said, “You’ll never find a rainbow looking down.” Until next time, we’ll see you all in the field.