IARN — Happy Thanksgiving! As we sit down to eat this annual feast, things will look a little different in many homes across the country. We have faced down some tremendous health challenges to the entire globe, and many of us are not getting together or getting together virtually. However, it looks for you and your family, remember that we still have much to be thankful for.
However, there is a bit of a dark cloud on an otherwise joyous occasion, and that is for the American farmer. As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals, we should take a moment and realize that while farmers put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into their livelihoods of feeding the world, they don’t seem to be getting much back in terms of value on the Thanksgiving dollar. In fact, the average producer sees about 11.9 cents of each dollar spent on this holiday tradition, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).
Also, there are many people who are out of work or facing reduced hours because of the economic strain of the pandemic. The NFU believes could and should be done to help assure those who are having to make difficult decisions don’t have to worry about food.
NFU President Rob Larew talks about the changed feelings we will see at this year’s Thanksgiving table. He reminds us that many are struggling to get by because of COVID effects and the rate of unemployment.