Food. It’s all you think about. Where are you going to find your next meal and how long will it take to get it? With your small nomadic tribe, you bundle up your belongings for the next quest to find a food source. Settling in one place for too long will lead to starvation. Since all of your possessions have to be carried from one place to the next, if you can’t carry it, it must be left behind. Food, shelter and clothing—there is no time or capacity for anything else. This is your life without farming.
Have you ever really sat down and thought about how important farmers are?
Farming allows us to settle in one place and civilize. You are probably reading this from your comfortable home or office, thanks to farming. Survival is no longer the only reason to own something. And although most of us still spend a lot of time thinking about (or taking pictures of) food, we don’t have to. Farming allows us to spend our time on things other than hunting and gathering. We can create technology, music, art and literature all because farming gives us the time and security to do so.
Here is the cool part. Our great state of North Dakota has some of the best farms and farmers in the world. North Dakota is the #1 producer in the nation of dry beans, navy beans, pinto beans, canola, flaxseed, honey, sunflower oil, durum wheat and spring wheat! And we are in the top 10 in a dozen other crops. Our farmers rock!
To say thank you to our amazing farmers, and celebrate National Ag Week, we decided to recruit some help. We visited local elementary schools and daycares to teach the kids about farming and agriculture. The kids enthusiastically wrote thank you notes to farmers. With these students help, we will be able to surprise some farmers with colorful notes of gratitude.
From West Fargo, Personal Banker Brian Schmidt and Frontline Specialist Heather Anderson visited Glyndon Felton Elementary to talk to the kids about Agriculture and Farming. They gave the kids soy crayons to help them understand that crops can be used for all kinds of fun things.
In Ellendale, Location President Jeff Petersen and Frontline Specialists Holly Shlenker and Kylie Simonsen joined 3rd and 4th grade classes to talk about farming.
In Bismarck, Frontline Specialists Katie Marthaller, Erica Thielges and Casey Schulz brought sunflower seeds for the students to plant so they could witness the sunflowers grow.
In Steele, Commercial Loan Operations Specialist Kris Stroh and Senior Frontline Specialist Renae Kennedy brought special guest – “Farmer Robin” Rewald to educate and color with 4th-6th grade classes at Steele Elementary.
A sincere thank you to the farmers! Life would be very different without you.