This past Sunday at my church was family day, which meant that the children who are normally in children’s church during the sermon sat with their parents and siblings in the adult service.

Usually, the youth wouldn’t be sitting in there, but both the young adult leaders were not able to attend church because of personal reasons, which is why the pastor decided to deliver a message focused on family that would be meaningful, yet keep the attention of the younger members in the pews next to their parents.

The main topic of the sermon was family talk, and the minister accomplished getting his point across not only to the adults, but the children, as well, by encouraging audience participation through showing several objects and asking about their purpose.

For each individual point of his message, he either had a little song or a picture to go along with it that would drive home his point of how everyone is connected as a family through their love for God and one another.

While listening to the sermon, I couldn’t help but think of how those individuals involved in the farming and agriculture community form a family all of their own and are there to lend a helping hand, or tractor, if a neighbor is in need.

Although some individuals never will truly understand the passion and dedication those involved in the agriculture industry put into their operations on a daily basis, whether they focus on livestock or grain, despite what conditions Mother Nature is unleashing outside or how tired they might be, a farmer’s job is never done.

Just because it may be a holiday, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean a producer gets to sleep in or sit in front of a television watching the big game, because the animals in his or her barn, which are their livelihood and the way they support their family, don’t take a day off from needing fed and watered.

Another reason those involved in farming form a family unit, especially those associated with the Hoosier ag community, is because they rally together to promote the importance of agriculture and eating foods grown locally to consumers and those who may never have seen a sheep or pig in real life, except for the ones on TV.

I have had the extreme pleasure of attending events where members of different ag community groups, including beef, poultry and corn and soybean, as well as representatives from the wool industry, come together to host a special day just for elementary children to showcase everything agriculture has to offer and why a farmer is so valuable.

It’s an incredible experience to watch these children interact with industry experts and have fun learning about agriculture.