When I asked Brent about the success of the Super Bowl party he hosted, he countered with, "Did Dad love the farmer commercial?"
Yes, Dad and Mom both loved the "farmer" commercial, along with most of farm country. I had heard Paul Harvey's essay before, but it again brought tears to my eyes. And as the beautiful photos transitioned - one to the other - other photos kept drifting through my mind.
They were the personal photos that tell the story of us - one Kansas farm family. That's one of the reasons I started this blog in 2010. It was to tell our story and not let HSUS or Greenpeace or PETA tell the world what modern farming is all about.
My brother is farming ground our maternal grandfather - Shelby Neelly - farmed. It is land that was first owned by our great-great grandparents on my mom's side of the family. On the Moore side of the family, my nephew Brian is the sixth generation to run a combine on ground that's been cultivated by Moores practically since the area was settled.
Dodge Ram website, appropriately labeled, "Keep Plowing," says that the company will donate up to $1 million to the National FFA organization, depending upon the number of views the commercial gets on You Tube. The campaign is co-sponsored by Case IH and Farms.com, with support by Stihl, Bosch and Mossy Oak.
Paul Harvey's, "God Made a Farmer"
with photos from Kim's County Line
It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church.
|Randy & his Dad at Melvin's last harvest; Jill & Randy, bottom left; Brent's first harvest at the bottom right.|
|My nephew Brian, brother Kent and Dad Bob. Brian is the 6th generation to work on the farm.|