While it can seem difficult to embrace the newly minted practice of social distancing, imagine what it might feel like if you were asked to remain at least six feet away from food, at all times and into the near future. Water, shelter, air, and yes, food form the very foundation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, and our capacity to thrive in good times and bad depends largely on our ability to secure basic needs. 

In these trying times, we are sheltering in place, finding solace in nature’s fresh air, and racing to clear the market shelves of bottled water and toilet paper as we work and study and cook at home. As families gather around the kitchen table, we give thanks for the bounty and the gifts we receive, and those of us at the King Ranch table ask you to consider an additional step. Let’s thank the farmers and ranchers.

King Ranch is committed to agribusiness not simply because we support it, but because we live it. We are agribusiness to our very core. The moment Captain Richard King purchased the first footprint of King Ranch in 1853, he set our course as ranchers and innovators, teachers and stewards of the best the land can offer. 

From our earliest days in cattle ranching and farming, to the diverse agribusiness we have become, the heart of our legacy is the men and women who grow, harvest, process, and deliver the citrus, cotton, cattle, sugar cane, and turfgrass that we produce to meet the highest standards: yours. To do that, we join and thank hundreds of thousands of other farmers for whom telecommuting means having a cellphone in their pockets while they plow a straight line, make a bet on the weather, and carry a crop to market, all to bring safe, affordable, and available food to your kitchen table.

So, at your next and every meal, join us in giving thanks to the men and women of agribusiness, who put in the long days and endure the sleepless nights, all to feed the folks and fuel the future of this great country.


  • John Brett Dietze says:

    Thank you for reminding us that we still have much you be grateful for.

  • Tony Watkins says:

    God bless you and all the farmers and ranchers!

  • Tom Garrison says:

    Thank God for the American farmer and ranchers. These men and women work tireless day after day through all kinds of obstacles from low commodity prices, to all kinds of weather but still they get up every morning and feed this great country. They make up less than 2% of this great country but supply the American family with an abundance of food and fiber. We live in the Greatest country in the world, our tireless Farmer and Ranchers are a big part of what makes the United Stars of America the country it is today. The Untied States will come out of this crisis a much stronger and united country, we will win this Fight.

    Good Bless America

  • Lou Von Esh says:

    My interaction with ranching life is through the DeNaeyer family and friends from and around Valentine, Nebraska. I have visited the Sandhills for over 35 years and without question this friendship and its experiences would be counted as the overall highlight of my life. They are as close to me and my family as I believe we are to them. My two sons and I join them to hunt, fish, branding at times, and even know one another’s dogs from a distance! We talk to one another all year long…..leave one day and start planning for a trip back the next. For all they do for us and more importantly the role they play as ranchers is as important as any business contributing to making American great.

  • Joyce Hiser says:

    Than you for a great tribute to all our farmers, and all the people who work hard to bring the bounty of food to our tables.

  • Joyce Hiser says:

    Thank you for a great tribute to our farmers, and all the people who work hard to bring the bounty of food to our tables.

  • Bobbie says:

    A thank you to the men and women who are in the essential agriculture equipment business also. They have to work.

  • Marcia Landwehr says:

    My father raised Santa Gertrudis cattle and we visited the King Ranch in the 1980s. My father purchased his cattle from Tweet Kemble who owned the Cherokee Ranch in Sedalia, Colorado. Our ranch was in Monte Vista, Colorado and my love of the ranching lifestyle has remained with me. Marcia Landwehr, Gunnison

  • Marcia Landwehr says:

    My father and brother raised Santa Getrudis cattle in Monte Vista, Colorado . Our cattle were purchased from Tweet Kimble who owned the Cherokee Ranch in Sedalia, Colorado. I have held close to my heart, the lifestyle afforded me of being a daughter of a rancher.

  • Rita Colantropo says:

    Indeed, the happy earth looks at the sky and rejoices. We are blessed!

  • Luke says:

    Interested is working in the USA ??

  • Darwin Baucum says:

    Fantastic photography.