Picture this…thousands of people being laid off from restaurants, bars and other small businesses who might have already been living pay-check to pay-check. Now you open your eyes to see it has become a reality. Yikes! There is hope. We can make a difference. (How you might ask? Well, keep reading!)
- Share what we do. With extra time on hand people are looking for a good read, video or blog. Let’s help educate others on the importance of Agriculture and how that kernel of corn in the ground grows up to feed the world.
- Open up the cellar/pantry/freezer. If you are like some rural Americans and have a chest freezer or two with a hog maybe a quarter beef or maybe some frozen/canned vegetables, reach out to a neighbor. A friend in need is only a few connections away.
- Hire part-time or full-time help. Need that tractor cleaned up? The fence line tore down? Or how about those projects that you just never seem to get to but you know it would make life sooo much easier? Now is a great time to support a family in need by hiring help.
- Donate Blood. Have you heard? There is currently a severe shortage of blood. You can help! See nearest locations and dates/times to donate through the Red Cross here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive?scode=RSG00000E017&cid=nonbrand&med=cpc&source=google&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6sHzBRCbARIsAF8FMpUpCoSpKMAwDHp5jMn7TUsbETkrwG4Y-7wOyswaZT8k_Alxaip6GJ0aAow8EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
- Get outdoors and enjoy nature. What better way to keep upbeat than to go on a hike, bike ride, or hang up wood duck boxes and enjoy the fresh air. To be honest….there are only so many Disney+ and social media refreshes a person can do in an evening before you just gotta do something! “I’m a peacock you gotta let me fly!!” (The Other Guys-Netflix)
- Semi/Tractor rides. (Follow all CDC guidelines first) When working in your spring “office” invite a local out-of-school student to come out and ride with you. With some schools having kids at home for several more weeks even the rest of the year. What greater place to learn. Who knows you each might learn something. It gets your co-pilot out of the house and gives you a chance to talk with someone besides yourself and the pup riding with you.
- Do your job. It is important now more than ever that we continue producing high-quality grain and meat to feed the world. Let’s do what we do best and grow food!
This blog was written to start the brainstorming. What other ways can we as an Agriculture community help? I look forward to seeing your comments below.
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