The poultry industry plays a big part in Delaware’s economy and directly employs thousands of people. The industry indirectly impacts thousands more, including our farmers that grow grain for feed, our bankers that finance associated businesses and so on. Perhaps it’s my Midwestern roots, but I have long held people in agribusiness in high regard because of the importance of what they do.
As a 22-year-old, I remember driving around rural Minnesota with my boss at that time, a U.S. Senator, who commented aloud as we were driving from small town to small town and passing rows of corn and soybeans, dairy farms and implement dealerships. I’m a Chicagoan and he said something I had never heard before and never forgot: “Mike, fads and trends may come and go, but this is the one thing we seem to always do better than anybody else. We feed the world.” Dwell on that statement a bit.
Hat tip to all the agribusiness members out there!