As we celebrate Christmas, I always reflect back, not only on this year, but on those gone by. I am so thankful for my farmers, friends and family. We have been through a lot over the years.
I fondly recall those years when I worked as the ASCS director in Harrison County. It was during the drought years. I met so many good people there who I often think about. I wonder if there are still ewes on those hills at the Chrisman farm, or if Paul still milks at the Mader Dairy and if Linda is still doing just everything.
I learned a lot about farmers and people in Harrison County. It takes all types of farmers to feed the world and all of them who farm in all facets of farming work very hard. It is not for the money that they work, but for their families and for each one of us.
Families in Harrison County were very strong and hard working. Most families had some connection to the coal mines and in a matter of two years I felt like I was acquainted with almost everyone.
The most important one I met there was my husband, Dave. We left Harrison County when we married (soon to be 20 years ago) and moved west. We’ll continue this journey another time.
Here, at the current FSA office, we are still awaiting final regulations for the Milk and DCP Program sign-ups. If you are in need of a commodity loan prior to the end of the year contact your local office immediately. The word on the street is your local FSA office will be closed Dec. 25-26 for the holiday. (Yea-haw!)
From our office to your farm we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!
That’s all for now,