Reach out and ask a farmer how they are doing and really listen to the answer…

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Below is a post that the Membership Director at Wisconsin Farmers Union, Deb Jakubek shared. She does not know who the original author is – but several farmers told me they added to this or change the wording to reflect their daily farming routine.

God bless you all for writing this and asking us to pass it along.

September 19, 2018

“We are farmers – you don’t have to understand us…We know that all external medicine is either waterproof, blue or yellow. We have no problem eating a sandwich directly after cleaning the barn. We know why a thermometer has to have a string attached to the end. We are not welcome in Laundromats. We can lower or raise our voice instantly by 5 octaves to shout at the dog who has decided to stalk… god only knows what. We would sooner quit a relationship than our hobby. We talk to our truck to make it up the hill. We have better insurance for our farm and animals than for our car. We know more about our cows diet than our own. We buy grain and hay before buying our own food. It’s common to see us wearing barn clothes in public. We get along better with most animals than people. We are quick to lend a hand in a crisis. A new truck is a luxury car. More written words are scribbled in the dust or dirt than on paper. We will always make time for a friend. A hand shake is our bond. All of that said, we are still human and still have bad days, reach out and ask how we are doing and really listen to our answer. You may be the reason we continue that day…”

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