As we sit down at the table with family and friends this holiday season, let us remember to extend our gratitude to the farmers and ranchers who sustain our lives. It is these producers who rise every day to wrestle a host of challenges so that we may find our grocery stores fully stocked.
These dedicated men and women who make it their life’s work to feed and clothe our nation generate an economic impact of more than $100 billion each year for the Lone Star State’s economy. Agriculture also supports one in seven Texas jobs and has earned Texas the distinction of being the nation’s leader in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, wool, goat, mohair and horse production.
Here in Texas, we are additionally thankful for a milder climate than we had last year. The historic 2011 drought and wildfires will not soon be forgotten, but it also could not leave us broken beyond repair. As the heavens granted us a little more rain and cooler temperatures, our farmers and ranchers have risen to rebuild. Their bounty is yet another of our many shared blessings.
As you wander the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store this holiday season, stop and think for a moment how the fresh produce, quality meats, dairy products and canned goods made their way to the shelves. And as you sit down for a holiday meal this Thanksgiving, remember to tip your hat to Texas farmers and ranchers who bring you the food that feeds your family and enriches your lives.
We know challenges and adversity may be potholes in the road ahead, but this Thanksgiving we are grateful for our ranchers, farmers, friends, families and God’s good grace.