If you have checked out my blog posts at all through the months that I have been writing, you know that Kaydee & Emmet are significant contributors to the content. Often, they do things or say things and I don’t tell them that I’m going to share it (that’s my secret way of getting back at them for the gray hairs they cause me!). Today, I decided to ask them for specific comments. My question was simple, “What do you think of when I say Food Day?” Responses were short and sweet! Kaydee: “lunch”; Emmet: “Prime Rib”. That’s all – just keep them fed and they are happy kids.

Obviously, I should have narrowed that down a bit! They are hungry all the time and often that appetite is earned from either working outside or participating in school and athletic activities. Food Day priority #6 discusses fair conditions for farm workers (which Kaydee & Emmet would correctly say they qualify as); their wages, working conditions, health care, and so on. One of the mentions in the written explanation of the priority was in regard to children working on family farms. Our kids have been helping with age appropriate jobs on the farm since they were big enough to know what was going on. Other than some grumbling on days they would rather hang out with their friends, they are proud to know that we trust them with a task like filling mineral feeders, checking cows, feeding, spraying thistles, or whatever is on the job list for the day. They do get a paycheck for the work they do & they know they don’t get paid for hours put in, but for work accomplished (another source of mild grumbling at times, but such great teaching moments!).

Farm kids are totally capable of tasks on their families farms & more importantly, they are respectful of what their family is doing – producing food for a rapidly growing population. When Kaydee was a freshman, she earned State Runner Up in FFA Creed Speaking. She could make anyone who lives and loves agriculture get goosebumps when she recited those words that mean so much to so many.

Yesterday, Emmet had to recite The FFA Creed for ag class & he nailed it! For those of you who haven’t heard The FFA Creed, here it is; I don’t know of any other document more true to what farmers think, do, and feel:

The FFA Creed
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.

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