T  is for “thanks” to farmers for the food we eat
H  is for “health”, a gift so sweet
A  is for “anxious” to see family
N  is for “napkin”, I might need three
K  is for “kids”, my greatest treasure
S is for “Savior”, grace beyond measure
G is for “grateful” for those around me
I  is for “idle”, watching football on TV
V is for “very”, so full it hurts
I is for “icing” on my dessert
N is for “nap” as we digest our food
G is for “God” give thanks-he is good

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to thank a farmer! Most of them had to go to work today, feeding animals, tending drying bins, checking fences, or doing so many other jobs. Without their hard work, Thanksgiving would not be the same.


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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