Hard working farmers produce crops for a happy Thanksgiving

On Thursday, November 22, 2018, families, friends, and neighbors will join together to enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner in dining rooms across the nation.

For many, the 2018 Thanksgiving table will include Thanksgiving favorites like farm-raised turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, all of which are produced right here in the U.S. by hard-working farmers. Turkeys, for example, are primarily raised in Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia. Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, producing 62 percent of the U.S. crop in 2017.

Wondering how much that farm-to-family turkey will cost you? According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items served on Thanksgiving, 16-pound turkeys were $22.38 in 2017, making the average per pound cost of turkey at roughly $1.40 – a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 32 cents per 16-pound whole turkey, compared to 2016.

A lower-priced turkey leads to a more affordable dinner, with the annual cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people coming in at $49.12 in 2017, a 75-cent decrease from 2016’s average of $49.87. That means the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner per person in 2017 was just under $5 – not bad, right?

When you’re preparing for your 2018 Thanksgiving feast, check out some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and be sure to thank a farmer for making your special holiday meal possible.

Thank a Farmer This Thanksgiving

The holiday season is traditionally a time to reflect on the previous year, consider all that we are thankful for, and enjoy the company of family and friends. A Thanksgiving meal with those family and friends is the perfect backdrop for celebrating the American farmers and ranchers who grow our food.

There are 2.1 million farms and 915 million acres of farmland in the United States and your 2018 Thanksgiving meal represents a year of hard work on that farmland by our nation’s producers. It’s the long days and nights working in the fields, tending livestock, and worrying about so many factors outside of their control coming to fruition.

At AgAmerica we make it our mission to celebrate and tell the stories of the American farmer every day, but Thanksgiving is an extra special time to show that appreciation. “When you’re sitting at the Thanksgiving table, surrounded by food and family, it makes you extremely thankful for the men and women who get up every morning and get their boots dirty to ensure that food makes it to our tables,” says Corporate Relationship Manager, Blake Averitt.

Read more: What our employees are thankful for in this season of giving thanks.

As the nation’s land lending specialists, AgAmerica Lending is proud to assist the growers and producers who make Thanksgiving possible. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help the country’s farmers and ranchers grow and prosper and are truly blessed by the relationships we have developed with those same farmers and ranchers.