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.
Now, for the last chapter in this story, I was tickled silly when I got a personalized license plate with my favorite theme!
For more spiritual insights on the importance of this sign, please visit my blog post "Pray For Rain".