(Washington, D.C.) The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is pleased to announce the sharing of agricultural employers’ stories.
“U.S. farm and ranch families employ millions of essential farmworkers each year,” said Michael Marsh, NCAE President and CEO. “Because of those families, their workers, and their families’ commitment to maintaining the legacy of the family farm and ranch, Americans possess the highest level of food security on the planet. However, there is much, much more to this story.”
Due to their unique tie to the land, farm and ranch families form the bedrock of their community. After toiling for long days, family members take time to give back to the community to make it a better place. They coach children’s sports teams, volunteer for their church, hospital, or library board. In their spare time, they pitch in to ensure the local fire department’s fundraiser is successful. And, if a neighbor is down or feeling poorly, they will stop by to share a thoughtful word or bring a meal to someone without.
And sometimes, they turn tragedy into an opportunity to do good.
“The first story we will share in this series of stories about agricultural employers involves NCAE
member Mercer Ranches, which is a highly diversified farming operation in Washington’s Horse
Heaven Hills along the Columbia River,” said Marsh. “This story, like so many stories in the ag
employer family is inspirational. It is an example of selflessness and giving back to recognize
others’ bravery and selflessness. We hope you enjoy the story.”
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