Farmers and ranchers have been facing high prices at the pump alongside the rest of America, but U.S. food supply and security are quite literally driven by diesel. According to a new Market Intel Report by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average U.S. on-highway price of diesel is $5.32 per gallon. While still 49 cents per gallon below June’s peak price, the average price of diesel is up $1.59 since last year.
Being a “harvest orphan” means that we’ll be without members of our family while they’re trying to bring the crops in for the next few months.
In between doctors visits and late nights, raising a newborn during harvest is not for the faint of heart, but it is worth it to start a family on the farm.
As harvest season approaches I wish you a bountiful harvest, but most of all, I hope none of us will have to get a phone call that stops us in our tracks.
While hard work and determination goes a long way, many farmers also use prayer to find their strength during tough times.
Farmers are doing an incredibly difficult job. And not everyone understands how hard it is sometimes.
Kim Wilkins, an Alabama Extension agronomic crops regional agent, offers the following safety tips that farmers should follow during harvest season.
Some mental health problems require professional intervention but not all. Try adopting some at-home techniques for handling the stress of harvest season.