VIDEO: In the New Year, CASNR pays tribute to those who must feed them all
In a stunning visual adaptation of Amelia Barr's (1831-1919) remarkable poem "The Farmer," the folks at a Minnesota agricultural cooperative remind us of the importance and beauty of American agriculture. She writes that no matter what another person might do -- rule, ride, live, roam -- the farmer is the one who feeds us all. He partners with the sun, the water and the earth and no person loses while a farmer gains. Land O'Lakes Inc. is a member-owned cooperative based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills that focuses on the dairy industry.
The king may rule o'er land and sea,The lord may live right royally,The soldier ride in pomp and pride,The sailor roam o'er ocean wide;But this or that, whate'er befall,The farmer he must feed them all.
The writer thinks, the poet sings,The craftsmen fashion wondrous things,The doctor heals, the lawyer pleads,The miner follows the precious leads;But this or that, whate'er befall,The farmer he must feed them all.
The merchant he may buy and sell,The teacher do his duty well;But men may toil through busy days,Or men may stroll through pleasant ways;From king to beggar, whate'er befall,The farmer he must feed them all.
The farmer's trade is one of worth;He's partner with the sky and earth,He's partner with the sun and rain,And no man loses for his gain;And men may rise, or men may fall,But the farmer he must feed them all.
God bless the man who sows the wheat,Who finds us milk and fruit and meat;May his purse be heavy, his heart be light,His cattle and corn and all go right;God bless the seeds his hands let fall,For the farmer he must feed us all.
- Amelia E. Barr
Written by Norman Martin
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