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Growing in Agriculture--More Than Thankful





Growing in Agriculture

 

Giving More Than Thanks

 

 

By Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of Agriculture

 

November 25, 2015

 

This time of year, especially, makes me reflect on the many things I have to be thankful for in my life, in particular family.

 

As we finish up harvest, we enter into the holiday season. We take a few hours out of our busy lives to come together with family for food, fellowship and fun. We slow down, if only for a short time, to enjoy each other’s company and give thanks for all we have been given. In our state, agriculture means family. Most of South Dakota’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated. These businesses often play a role in supporting two, three and sometimes more families.

 

In every family, there is always that one person that makes the holidays come together. My mother, Karen, was always that person. She has been gone for over five years now and the holiday time that I grew up with just isn’t the same without her. Families change. It’s important to keep in mind that the time with the people we love the most is never guaranteed.

 

We are all busy. It seems like there is never enough time in a day to get everything accomplished. In an effort to get as much out of our time and travel as possible, we might be tempted to use the holiday gatherings to talk about business. I encourage you to find a separate time for those conversations. There will be time for that family business meeting. In this high-tech world we live in, put the phones and gadgets down. Take the time to truly engage in real conversation around the dinner table and enjoy the company you are with. Hold that business meeting after you’ve had that quality family time. Don’t short yourself that precious family time in exchange for business discussions. You never know how much time you may have left with family members.

 

Travel safely and cherish those who gather with you during the holidays. Take time to appreciate the hard work that’s been accomplished, but most importantly, let’s do everything we can to lift up our family time and treasure it. Thank you.

 

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An mp3 audio version of this column can be found on the SDDA website.

 

A photo of Lentsch can be downloaded here.