Paying It Forward – Agriculture Style

thCAQPUCTYWith all of the negative news in today’s world, it’s easy to think we live in a troubled place.  It’s easy to become cynical and think no one cares about their neighbors anymore.  Today I received a phone call that really knocked me off my feet .  It showed me there is still a lot of GOOD in our world today.  At first I didn’t know if I should share this story because farmers are private people, we don’t like being in the spot light.  After a lot of thought, I decided it would be selfish of me not to share this story.   You see, the call I received really changed my day, it’s a call I will never forget for as long as I live.

A farmer called me saying the reason for his call was probably going to be a request I hadn’t received before.  I laughed and said, “Oh, I bet not, I’ve had some weird requests.”  What he said next left me speechless.  He asked me if I could change the price I offered on his corn, he told me he wanted to take less money for the corn he sold to me.  He told me he would be happy with a price that was lower than what we had offered to pay him.  I didn’t know what to say, I couldn’t believe my ears.  He was right, this had never happened to me before.  His words left me breathless, I didn’t know what to do or say.

With tears streaming down my face, I told him I appreciated his offer and I really appreciated his thoughtfulness.  He told me he felt the markets were out of control and he was happy with this lower price.  He told me he appreciated my help and he hung up.

I sat at my desk for minutes trying to process what had just happened.  I went back through my corn tickets and found his tickets, the price he told me he wanted for his corn was indeed a lot less than what we offered him.  I went over our conversation in my mind and I realized I probably didn’t make any sense when I spoke to him because of my shock.  I must have heard wrong, this had to be wrong.  The more I thought about this the more I feared I had misunderstood what his intentions were and I probably had just made a huge fool of myself.  I found his phone number and called him back.

When he answered I apologized for being so confusing earlier on the phone.  I told him I had checked his tickets and I must have made a mistake.  He told me I hadn’t made a mistake.  He explained to me that he too was feeding some corn to livestock and he knew how expensive it was.  He said he appreciated my family being here to purchase the extra corn he didn’t need for his own livestock.  He went on to tell me that his offer wasn’t that big and he wished he could do more to help.  The entire time he spoke I had a knot in my throat and tears in my eyes.  I couldn’t believe someone would be so generous to our family.  This farmer has a family to care for too and we are all facing tough times.  Yet here he was helping his neighbors.  He wanted to make sure agriculture as a whole survived this drought, TOGETHER.

I thanked him again and I told him we would never forget his kindness.  Again he told me he wasn’t doing that much and that it wasn’t a big deal.  This farmer’s selfless act reminded me there are GOOD people all over; we just have to open our eyes and hearts to find them.

THIS IS AGRICULTURE’S WAY OF PAYING IT FORWARD!  To the Angel who made the phone call to me today, your kindness will never be forgotten and your name will forever be a secret to the world.  I hope your humble actions inspire others to help those around them as well.  I know it has my family!

About Chris Chinn

My husband, Kevin, and I are 5th generation farmers. We live on our family hog farm in Missouri with our two children. Our dream is that our children will have the opportunity be the 6th generation of farmers in our family.
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4 Responses to Paying It Forward – Agriculture Style

  1. Such a heart warming story in the midst of so many troublesome ones. Thanks for sharing.

  2. DebbieLB says:

    You are wrong that his name is a mystery. The ones who matter know just who he is! You and God! Glad you have such a great neighbor–you deserve it! Thanks for sharing the story with all of us.

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