Why do we need to thank our farmers?
This has been a difficult year for many in the farming community which is negotiating a ‘triple threat’ of challenges. The weather is, once again, proving to be problematic for many farmers; autumn and winter flooding meant some crops sown in the autumn were washed away, and the planting of spring crops was delayed. This was followed by a very dry spring which is having lasting effects: crops have been slower to grow, and some farmers are already having to feed their animals as there is insufficient grazing available.
The shape of new agricultural policy and trade deals is beginning to emerge as Britain renegotiates many of its international relationships following its exit from the European Union, but there will be a significant lack of clarity around the details of this for some time to come.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for the farming community. As we know, the process of harvesting many of our crops is hugely reliant on migrant labour, with people coming to the UK for a season, living and working on local farms before returning home. Much of this travel has been curtailed by restrictions in response to COVID-19. Other farms have sought to increase their income by diversifying into farm shops, holiday lets and other activities; again, COVID-19 restrictions have made much of this activity impossible over the last few months.
A prayer for Harvest 2020
we give thanks for those who produce our food:
for farmers and fishermen, factory and shop workers.
We pray for those for whom this has been a difficult year:
farmers who have battled the weather to grow food,
delivery drivers and shop workers who kept working despite the pandemic.
Help us to value and support each other.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We make no charge to churches or individuals for using our materials, and there’s nothing we love more than to see rural Christians and their churches benefiting from the resources we produce!
However, if you would like to make a donation towards the work of the Arthur Rank Centre, to enable us to continue to support and encourage rural Christians and their churches, you can send a cheque made payable to ‘Arthur Rank Centre’ to Arthur Rank Centre, Rural Innovation Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 2LG. Please write ‘Harvest 2020’ on the back of your cheque.