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Wow! The pork producers and the dairy farmers must be in their glory at such a promotion for their products. One morning last week, we treated ourselves to a late breakfast at the Denny’s in Rockford. I know there are Denny restaurants in Illinois and Indiana but are they spread through the United States? Having been a big promoter of agriculture and especially the livestock side, I was pleased as punch when on our table was a beautiful and enticing place mat. “BACON desserts. Proof that bacon is the ultimate culinary overachiever.” Is what the place mat read in very large print. Then, “Is there anything bacon can’t do? Breakfast, lunch, dinner and now this — bacon’s greatest masterpiece yet.” The pictures below the verbiage were of a yummy ice cream “maple bacon sundae” and a “new! maple bacon milk shake,” and a new! salted caramel brownie sundae with bacon.” More text read, “We know, the real life bacon beats everything.” Also “A Sizzlin’ Journey from start to finish.” More, “Bacon makes it better.” I hope the Pork Producers and the ADA write to the Denny’s head office and express praise for such a promotion. I want to tell you that picture of the “maple bacon sundae” was to drool over. I didn’t order it because I had to have some blood reading done the next day and I didn’t want to admit that I treated myself. However, I will go back this week and have that “maple bacon sundae.” This promotion is for a “limited time only” and “at participating restaurants only.” That’s alright, give your nearest Denny’s a call and see if they are participating and if not, why? I think the manager said the promotion is through June. At any rate, what a treat one of those items would be. I don’t know if you know, but last week, March 17-23, was National Ag Week. It is a week where hopefully much education is done to promote agriculture in this country. In our town of Winnebago, the farm kids drive their family’s tractors to school one day and many of them look forward to show off their large powerful piece of equipment. Before I came to Ag-News, I always did Ag-Day promotions in the paper I was then with. One year, I instituted pictures of burlap bags and for a minimal fee, farmers could buy a pictured bag and put their name on it. Another time I did pictures of ears of sweet corn dripping with butter and there again people could buy that pictured ear of corn that would appear in the paper with their name on it. I think I won awards for those promotions in a state contest. It was fun and farmers could participate and see their name on one of the items on the full page ads. It was neat. When the girls were home, many times to promote “Ag Days,” “The Farmer” would haul the girls’ 4-H show Hereford cows or calves up to the mall on a weekend and they would spend the day with their animals talking to city folk about their project. One year, we even used white wash to outline the cuts of meet on Alicia’s show cow. Gretchen and Alicia were both beef queens and that always impressed the little kids. In our local paper last week, I read a complaint about farm subsidies. That always makes me a little angry. One time when I was talking to farmers from France, they were telling me how the French government subsides the farmers in order to keep the city people tranquil. Something about assurance there was food. I’m always amazed at what people complain about. I mean when Vice President, Joe Biden can run up a hotel bill in France of more than $500,000, we are told that is not out of line. But then who cares, the First Lady flies all her friends on expensive vacations with her, but who cares. It is the first time in history we are compensating four former presidents and vice presidents. But for heavens sake don’t look to help keep the U.S farmer going when there is a draught or flooding in this country. We have to keep our priorities straight, don’t you know! Kiss a farmer and his family and tell them thank you for putting food on your table. Ag-day should be every day of the year! Ciao!
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