I always feel overwhelmed this time of year. Surrounded by
family, amazing food and a comfortable home, I couldn’t feel luckier.
Now that I have my husband next to me for our first holidays
together, my own little family feels complete.
Not only is there an abundance of blessings in my own life,
but in the lives of many farmers who had a successful, even record-breaking,
harvest this year.
For the first time, Indiana raised 1 billion bushels of
corn, making it the fifth-highest producing state in the country.
Some farmers have so much grain they don’t know where to
store it all. In my opinion, this is a good problem to have.
Lately, I’ve talked to several farmers and read a lot about
how this year’s crop will affect our future. With grain prices low, farmers
expect to bring in less income.
Last year, corn prices were more than $7 a bushel. This
year, they are in the $4 to $5 range.
Last year, many farmers received returns from crop
insurance. This year, there was much less paid in crop insurance.
Some producers say they may have trouble making a profit
with high overhead on farm equipment and other expenses.
Agriculture is more complex than I think many people
realize. Farmers are business owners. Just because they have good yields doesn’t
mean they will make more money.
Even though the crop was bountiful, it can be difficult to
appreciate the quantity due to worries about next year’s profit.
While these are huge concerns, I think it’s important that
we don’t forget how lucky we are to have enough food to sustain our state and
country. We are so lucky to have the technology to make high yields available,
in spite of the ups and downs of Indiana weather.
I’m so proud to be involved with agriculture in Indiana
today. Thank you, farmers, for your hard work this growing season and harvest. I
can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.