National Ag Week is a Reminder to Support Producers, Promote Industry

National Ag Week is a great way to celebrate our state’s number one industry, but in the Sandhills we (hopefully) take pride in recognizing our hardworking farmers’ and ranchers’ efforts more than once a year.

It’s easy to take for granted many things we see on a daily basis, like crops growing in a field, cattle grazing in a pasture or loaded semis rolling down the highways. However, many people don’t realize the dedication and sacrifice that goes into producing those everyday sights.

“I grew up on a ranch,” said Julie Ruhter, who ranches south of Ainsworth with her husband Tony. “But until you’re out there everyday doing it, there’s so many little things you just don’t understand.”

The Ruhters raise about 200 head of cattle and are currently in the midst of calving season. Bitter cold and long, sleepless nights have brought a whole new set of challenges on top of their daily routine of shuttling kids to school, working part-time jobs, serving on various boards and organizations.

Broken down equipment, frozen hydrants and stuck tractors are just a few of the other problems they’ve had to contend with recently - a typical day in the life of a rancher.

“You just don’t really comprehend it until you’re out there in it,” she said. “...You just don’t see all the things that build up.”

 

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