A Lot to be Thankful For


There’s a lot to give thanks for on Thanksgiving—but one U.S. Senator says one thing to be thankful for, is farmers.

Longtime agriculture Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says the first Thanksgiving feast of 1621, giving thanks for a plentiful harvest, foreshadowed America’s birth as the breadbasket of the world.

With Thanksgiving now a well-established national holiday Grassley says Americans should remember those who make the Thanksgiving feast possible…

“Many of us will get together with family and friends to celebrate the harvest, with long-held traditions and a lot of good food. As we give thanks, let’s not forget the farmers who till the soil and raise the animals for this annual feast.”

For Farmers, Grassley says, getting that feast to the table has not been easy this year…

“Turkey farmers were hit with the worst disease outbreak in American history, yet they are still supplying Americans with nearly 46 million turkeys that are expected to be consumed for Thanksgiving.”

Grassley says despite the highs and lows of farming, Americans still enjoy a huge bounty—spending on average just six to seven percent of income on food.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.