So what would Christmas be like without our country’s strong agricultural base?
The first thought that comes to mind is of all of the great food we celebrate holidays with, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says without agriculture, Christmas would be different in many ways.
"Agricultural products touch our daily lives in every way."
And that’s never more evident than at Christmas. Most of us don’t have a place of our own to cut our Christmas tree."
"The Christmas tree, if you have a traditional Christmas tree, it goes back to the Christmas tree farmer."
It’s a little easier to connect the dots between Agriculture and the great food we enjoy during the holidays."
"You get a ham or a turkey, it goes back to the farmer raising the turkeys, raising the swine.
"When you decide to bake, whether it be bread, whether it be cookies, whatever you decide to bake, whatever you use, has an agricultural base, had to come from a farmer."
Ag producers deserve a lot of credit for many of the gifts we give and receive at Christmas.
"The belt that you get as a gift, or boots, or shoes goes back to the leather of a rancher, of a beef rancher."
"Shirts that you get, trousers that you get, dresses, goes back to the farmer that raises cotton."
Even some toys have roots in agriculture.
So whether it’s that Christmas day turkey your family is enjoying or those wonderful leftovers, or the gifts we share with one another during this special time, while you’re giving thanks, put in a good word for our agricultural producers.
"It all relates back to agriculture in everything you do that day."
I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley Agriculture, From The Ground Up.