College Life and Farmers

So, Midwestern Gold has been dead lately. I have a good reason for that. One word: college.

On our school’s trimester class schedule, classes are rapid-fire and often end up being more rigorous. With the shortened schedule, big projects are more likely to overlap. Well, it’s week ten (last week of the term before finals) and things are crazy.
I managed to survive an all-nighter last night. (In the last 24 hours, I have gotten an hour and a half of sleep. And the only reason I got that was because I dozed off at my computer!) Oddly enough, I’m in a pretty great mood today.
This may sound rough, but I know during many times of the year, farmers do this on a regular basis. I don’t mean the crazy-big projects and preparing for finals. I mean pushing yourself to the limit and managing stress. Ever talked to a livestock farmer or rancher during calving/lambing/foaling/whatever season? Animals have a knack for giving birth at really random hours of the night. And the needs of the pregnant females, mothers, and newborn animals often come before any needs or desires of the people who raise them.
What about grain farmers during planting and harvest? Many times, insurance agreements require crops to be planted before a certain date, plus growing season usually calls for planting within a certain time-frame. This means putting seeds in the ground, regardless of how much (or little) sleep you’ve gotten. Harvest is even worse. When elevator lines and storage space and weather and moisture all play a vital role in your income, things like sleep and food take a back seat to just getting the job done.
So, my stress may be tough on me, but there are people who deal with this sort of wear-and-tear on a fairly regular basis, so that you and I can enjoy safe, bountiful food, fiber, and fuel. As I pull my hair out and miss meals and sleep to try and survive the term with good grades, I think about that. I don’t want this stress, but I do want my degree. Farmers and ranchers everywhere willingly deal with it because of their passion for their trade, their animals, their crops, their environment, and you.

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