Valentine’s Day – Brought to you by farmers everywhere

Valentine’s Day – with all of the shades of red and cute stuffed toys, it’s not exactly a day synonymous with agriculture, but it probably should be. Today many of the uncharacteristic agricultural products get to take center stage in transforming February 14 from mid-winter dreary to romantic hit. So let’s take a minute to consider how omnipresent agriculture is and remember how vital it is that producers are doing it right.

Let’s think about it chronologically. What do people do on Valentine’s Day? Well leading up to it and the day of, flowers everywhere: the grocery store, delivery trucks, coworker’s desks, etc. As someone who tends to focus on commodities, it’s an interesting change to think about the fact that flowers are also a farmed crop.

Of course the other Valentine’s staple is chocolate. Naturally there is (at least a little) cacao in there along with a whole range of other agricultural products, like milk, nuts, sugar and all the other things that make chocolate the “oh so tasty and addictive” treat it is. There are also all of the chocolate covered goodies to think of: strawberries, blueberries, rice krispies, and bacon. You can pretty much cover anything in chocolate, but we recommend it be edible.

Certainly there is the message of the day itself, and I mean that literally. You couldn’t let your sweetheart spend the day wondering who sent the enormous bouquet of cookies, or let your number one lady –Mom – think that you forgot her on Valentine’s Day could you? That’s where agroforestry and paper production steps in.

Finally, most people like to end their day with a romantic dinner. It seems like every restaurant without a drive through requires reservations this one day of the year. These places are serving food coming from all over the world, produced by farmers on farms of every type imaginable. Some are producing food and others focus on fiber.  Some have employees while others don’t, and some focus on crops while others focus on livestock.  They all have been charged with caring for the land and their surroundings while producing a product for their neighbors and the world.

All together that’s a pretty heavy agricultural influence for one day, and that’s just for those who are thinking “inside” the box.  Agriculture’s everywhere, and it’s awfully important. So on this day known for love, make sure you send a little love to all the hard working farmers everywhere, who make this day possible.