To the farmer in all of us

Posted by Cathaleen Curtiss — 8 Feb 2013

One of the most talked about Super Bowl Commercials was "To the farmer in all of us" by Dodge Ram trucks. It is a simple but elegant display of still photography that tugged at our hearts and made many of us think of our own families.

"So God made a farmer" was a speech given at the Future Farmers of America Convention in 1978, by the late Paul Harvey.  It was beautifully re-purposed by The Richards Group for Dodge Ram trucks.

While Paul Harvey spoke, a collection of expertly edited images by world-renowned photographers, Andy Anderson, William Allard, Jim Arndt, Daniel Beltra, Mark Gooch, Andy Mahr, Kurt Markus David Spielman, Matt Turley, and Olag Veltman, beautifully illustrated his folksy words "So God made a farmer."

The popularity of the Dodge Ram commercial, didn't surprise any one at JPG. We all know and respect the power of great photography. It encouraged me to look through the many incredible photos of farms on JPG. I encourage you to do the same. Share your favorite farmer!

A misty december morning in the country by van Rhoon Harry

Wheat in Hand by Tracey Tomtene

Like many of you who may have grown up on a farm or near one, I immediately thought of my father. It was as if Paul Harvey knew my dad or yours personally.

"so God made a Farmer" by Cathaleen Curtiss

Below are the words to the Paul Harvey monologue.

"And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church. "Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'" So God made a farmer." by Paul Harvey

The Farmer by Joao Paglione

Potato Blossoms by Mike McLaughlin

Another day, another 60 acres to work by alan shapiro

Farmer Dreaming by Daniel Martinez

A Farmer's Rest by Megan Roper

Abandoned farm house by Christopher Boffoli

There are many beautiful farm photos on JPG, take a look, make your own collection or share your photo? We can't wait to see them.

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