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.