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Advertisement Grassley's message for Iowans this Thanksgiving
by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley · November 22nd, 2017

As a lifelong family farmer, I give thanks for the natural resources that allow America's stewards of the soil to earn a living and help feed and fuel the world. Farmers spend long hours on the job, especially during the harvest season.

I encourage those traveling for this holiday season to stay alert for farm machinery and be patient on the roads. And I urge my fellow farmers to be cautious and ever mindful of farm safety.

Too many Iowa families grieve the loss of a loved one from a tragic farming accident. Morning, noon and night, Iowa farmers are working in the fields, operating the combine, hauling grain, applying fertilizer and looking ahead to next spring.

America is blessed to have farm families carry on this legacy of stewardship from one generation to the next. Last year, Iowa farmers planted roughly 600,000 acres of cover crops that can include cereal rye, oats and clover to soak up nitrogen and help improve water quality and soil health. Adopting innovation and precision farming methods are helping farmers improve yields and embrace conservation practices.

For generations, Iowa farmers have answered the vocation of their profession and produced an affordable, abundant, wholesome food supply that also helps address food scarcity around the world.

The USDA estimates a bumper crop this year, projecting Iowa farmers will haul in more than 500 million bushels of soybeans and 2.4 billion bushels of corn. Just consider that value-added agriculture keeps as much as 70 percent of the corn crop here in Iowa to produce ethanol and to feed livestock.

Production agriculture and renewable energy anchor the state economy and provide a lifeline of food and energy security that strengthens U.S. national security. Like millions of Americans gathering together on the fourth Thursday of November, I encourage Iowans to give thanks for the blessings of America's bounty and for the farmers and workers who grow, harvest, transport, process, market and prepare the food gracing our tables.

Every year, Barbara and I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving Day and enjoy the traditional feast of food and family. We are grateful to call Iowa home; I count public service as the blessing of a lifetime and very much appreciate the opportunity to represent Iowans in the United States Senate.

Thank you for keeping in touch and for helping to make representative government a legacy of our republic for generations to come.
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