America produces a lot of food. We produce 43% of the world’s corn, 10% of the world’s wheat and 24% of the world’s beef. What accounts for such great productivity? Our nation is blessed with fertile soils, a traditionally strong work ethic and a pursuit of science that has led to better efficiency and greater yield. But most importantly - we are a free people. Free to choose our crops, free to purchase and sell land as we see fit, free to market our product in our best interest. American agriculturists enjoy a great deal of freedom, freedom made possible by our nation’s veterans. During this week when we honor those who have made so many sacrifices for our country, we’d like to say thank you for your service.