She’s a farmer. She’s a rancher. She’s a steward of the land.
She’s a teacher. She’s a community leader. She’s an advocate for her family, friends and agriculture.
She’s a mother. She’s a wife. She’s a sister. And maybe even a grandmother.
Farmers and ranchers have been the backbone of our economy for many years, but many of them also play an even bigger role: Mom.
Some moms work in an office. Some moms save lives. Others teach, serve or volunteer. And some moms grow the food, fiber and fuel our country depends on.
The role of our farmers and ranchers extends past the duty of most “typical” moms, especially this time of the year.
And with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we think about the moms who are tilling the land and planting crops until late in the night, as well as caring for their families.
She’s stressed about the weather. She wonders if this year’s harvest will bring in enough income to cover the bills and save for college for the kids. She worries about the livestock and the lack of rain during a drought.
She’s a woman who puts in a 40-hour week before Wednesday at noon, and then puts in another 72 hours.
She’s a mom who helps her kids with their 4-H and FFA projects when she gets home. She’s in the stands cheering at sporting events or helping her kids study. She plays ball in the yard, puts a bandage on injuries and cooks meals for her growing family.
She’s a daughter who has followed her mother’s advice—do honest work, take care of your family and love your people.
She’s a farmer. A rancher. A mom.
And farm and ranch moms are just like other moms. Caring, loving and hard working.
Mother’s Day is a great time to take a step back and recognize the mother figures in our lives. To highlight their selflessness, tough love and guiding voices.
To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!