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And the winner is...

Well it’s that time of year again, time for the annual celebrity awards season on television.  Every year I often wonder about who we really are in this great country of ours, and why we need to have all of these award shows that have nothing to do with the rest of us. It leads me to think about all the awards that we should be presenting, awards to the truly deserving.  It seems as if amongst all of the Grammys, Emmys, Oscars et al., we have missed a few.  Where the highly rated T.V. spectacles for people like, the stay at home mom?  Surely they are deserved of something?  Couldn’t you just see it…”and the Mommy award for best answering an important phone call while holding a wet, crying baby goes to….(fill in the blank)".  I guess since there really isn’t an awards show for all you deserving moms out there, you just need to keep reminding yourselves that motherhood is its own reward.

How about an evening gala awards show for being a Good Samaritan?  I think awards going to everyday citizens, who do good things for others, are a great idea, don’t you? Why shouldn’t they be recognized? I often see random acts of kindness being done to and for others, but alas, no “swag bags” filled with goodies and certainly no golden trophies. Besides, how could you ever get all those “common folk” all dressed up together in one place for an awards show?  Yeah, too much of a hassle I say.  After all, good people don’t really need a red carpet to walk on to know that they are already special.  

In reality, I know neither one of those ideas would ever become a real awards show. However, I have an idea for another one that wouldn’t work either, but from my point of view, it’s worth a shot.  I submit for your approval…

The National Farming Awards Show, or “The Farmmys” for short.  A one night event filled with farmers, ranchers and little golden statues of tractors…nice.  Heck, for the right price I would even put on my “dress up blue jeans” and be willing to host the awards show myself!  Of course we wouldn’t have all the celebrities or the fanfare of “Oscar Night”, and there probably wouldn’t even be “watch parties” in most neighborhoods. But why shouldn’t we celebrate the farming industry at least once a year on a national scale?  We could have awards for categories like; best conventional orange farmer under 50 acres (I know who I would vote for), and best supporting fence post along a highway, and so forth.  Sure it’s hyperbole, and it sounds silly and completely less than exciting, but the question needs to be asked… are the accomplishments of farmers all across America any LESS deserving of awards than actors, musicians or movie makers?  Let’s keep in mind that American farmers do indeed feed the world!  We even supply everyone in Hollywood with the produce, dairy, meat, and grains, they use. Yes, even all the organic, free range, cage free, non-GMO, produce and such comes from the American farm too, but of course no awards for the farmer. Oh wait, that’s right…hard work is its own reward, or something like that. 

 Please understand this is not a “swipe” at those who entertain us.  If you are an entertainer and you deserve your awards for all of your hard work and dedication to your craft, that’s great!  But I’m just saying that maybe, just maybe, every once in a while, find the time to thank a farmer.  I guess as farmers, we really don’t need “The Farmmy Awards” to know that what we do is not only special, but vital to the world. Our reward is watching others live because of what we produce.  Don’t get me wrong, I guess I wouldn’t mind having a nice glittery trinket on my fireplace mantle,  but certainly not necessary.  I guess in some ways farmers are already winners.  

Thanks for reading…I’ll see you in the groves…awaiting my close up!

- Tony


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