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So God made a farmer
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Learn vocabulary about farming with the official Ram Trucks Super Bowl commercial, aired on TV on 3 Feb, 2013.

Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks.

And on the eighth 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, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." 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 axe handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who at planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours." So God made the farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark." So God made a farmer.

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk. 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 that he wants to spend his life doing what dad does. "So God made a farmer."
(Paul Harvey)

CARETAKER= Someone who takes care of a place or things and makes sure they’re alright.

FARMER= A person who works the land and grows plants and vegetables (an agriculturists). Also a person who raises animals for food and produce (cows, sheep, pigs, hens, etc.). Or somebody who does both things.

WILLING TO= Who wants to.
- Are you willing to help? = Do you want to help?

DAWN= The time when the night ends and the day begins.

TO MILK= To squeeze milk out of the cow (see a person milking)

THE FIELD= The piece of land that belongs to a person, usually because they grow plants or animals there. “The fields”, in the plural, is another word for “the countryside”.

SUPPER= Dinner.

THE SCHOOL BOARD= A group of teachers, parents and local authorities that are elected to oversee a school and take decisions.

SIT UP= Stay up at night without sleeping, not going to bed.

NEWBORN= A person or animal that has just born.

COLT= A baby male horse.

TO SHOE A HORSE= To put a horseshoe on the horse’s foot :)
Ok, ok, a horseshoe is an iron band in the shape of a U to protect horses’ feet (see picture)

HARVEST= The period of time when farmers collect their crop. Crop is the cultivated plants or agricultural produce, such as grain, vegetables, or fruit, considered as a group.

PAINING= Feeling pain.

TO CLEAR TREES= To cut trees down to clear a piece of land.

HEAVE= Lift, hurl, take up or send up.

BALES= A pack of dry hay (see picture)

YEAN= To help sheep and goats to be born.
(notice that “sheep” has no plural form)

WEAN= To feed a baby mammal (pigs, horses, lambs, etc.) with a bottle of milk when they can’t suck milk from their mother.

PULLET= A hen that is less than one year old.

MOWER= A machine that cuts grass (in your garden or in the fields)

SPLINT= tie a piece of wood or metal around a person or animal’s leg or arm or wing to help the broken bone get cured.

MEADOWLARK= A kind of bird (see picture)

PLOW= A tool to break up soil (the ground) and make furrows for cultivation (see furrows, see a plow, see a tractor plowing)

WEED= Pull up wild grass and plants  (the weed) that may difficult the growing of the crop.

FLEECE= The mass of wool on or from a sheep.

STRAIN= To pass a liquid (milk, sauce, etc) through a filter. You strain milk to remove any impurity or dirt it may contain.

BALE A FAMILY TOGETHER= Make a family feel united and one.

BONDS= Links.


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