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Insights on Agriculture: Faith


By Kate Ziehm

For Capital Region Independent Media

Farmers, and family farms, have faith — faith that the rain will come, faith in community, and faith in the strength of family. Contributed photo

If you farm, you have faith.

This is Insights on agriculture, the first column of many on agriculture being contributed by some of the most prominent agricultural organizations in upstate New York. We are proud to partner with these knowledgeable writers to explore some of the myriad issues facing those in farming and other agricultural endeavors today.

This column was written by Kate Ziehm of Morning Ag Clips.


If you farm, you have faith. We havefaith that the rain will spill over from the clouds when it’s dry. And understand Mother Nature is on her time, not our time.


Farmers have faith that the baby calf is going to live. Praying that the sparkle comes back to her eyes, her coat shines again, and she jumps up at feeding time. If the calf takes its last breath, we wipe a tear from our eye, look up to the sky, and give thanks… for being able to try.


When a farm family has a crisis, other farmers roll up their sleeves and join together to get the cows milked, farm animals fed, and chores completed. We believe with each other’s help, the crisis will pass, and the comfort of a farm’s routine will be restored.


We are thankful for the dew on summer mornings and the sparrows that dip in and out of the barn window. When thunderclouds roll in, we bale a little faster, praying for more time.


My kids grow up and watch and feel the wonder of birth and the loss of death. They plant seeds, cultivate the earth, and harvest the crop. Every day.


For all these reasons, we draw strength and belief. We pass this knowledge down to our children, as they participate, daily, in the cycle of life. We teach them to have faith. The sun will rise again tomorrow morning, and it will shine down on all of us.

I have faith.

With love,


Kate Ziehm is the owner of Morning Ag Clips, a daily ag news resource for people in agriculture. She resides in Greenwich, New York. You may see more of her articles on OR visit

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