For almost forty years, the Kansas Agri-Women Association has honored the Kansas farmer by
|This sign is typical of the 1999-era signs.|
When the billboards were launched in 1978, one Kansas farmer was feeding 55 people + YOU!
By 1999, it was up to 128.
By 2012, the Association undertook a new round of updating the signs, this time to 155!
The ever-increasing productivity of the farmer is a tribute to the ability of the farmer to adapt and employ new methods - often using fewer resources (seed, water, fertilizer, etc). Today, even though the number of farmers has dropped dramatically over the last few decades, their ability to feed a hungry world is an amazing, praise-worthy accomplishment.
We're fortunate to have a reproduction of the classic roadside sign painted by a friend of mine, Rebecca Gabriel. It proudly hangs in our kitchen, overlooking the fabulous fare Kansas farmers have provided us.
For more spiritual insights on the importance of this sign, please visit my blog post "Pray For Rain".