Farmers Helping Farmers

Farmers Helping Farmers


The Peterson family has been harvesting the same land for 150 years. This year, however, was a little different. Craig Peterson had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment in the hospital at the same time that his crops needed to be harvested. There is a narrow window to harvest these crops before they go bad. Without the harvest, the Peterson’s don’t make any money for the year. On the other hand, if Mr. Peterson skips his hospital treatment to harvest the crops, he probably doesn’t live very long.

This is quite a dilemma. However, Mr. Peterson lives in Iowa and in Iowa, farmers help out other farmers. 27 of his closest friends got together with 9 combines to harvest the 27 acres of land. It typically takes Mr. Peterson 8 days to clear this land. On this morning, the crops were harvested before noon.

Joe’s Perspective: What is there to say about this story? It really speaks for itself. In fact, it sounds like an episode of “Little House on the Prairie.” However, at the end of the day, this is a simple story of neighbors helping neighbors.  And the message should be clear – you don’t have to live in Iowa or be a farmer to assist a neighbor in need.

Your Turn: What are your thoughts about these farmers who stepped up to help their neighbor in need?

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