National Ag Week (March 22-28) is a time to recognize the important role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant, and affordable products, while helping families understand where their food comes from. This year’s theme, “Food Brings Everyone to the Table,” sums up why I am so proud to be a fifth-generation dairy farmer, producing more than 28 million gallons of milk each year at my family farm, Teabow Farms in Walkersville.

Some of my favorite memories include sharing delicious, wholesome food with family and friends. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. And when those meals include nutritious milk from our cows, I experience even more satisfaction.

Ensuring our cows are healthy and comfortable is more than a job, it’s a labor of love — a love for our animals, our way of life and our community. We’re continually looking for ways to improve what we do on the farm by supporting practices that help the environment and are socially responsible, such as reducing energy, reusing water and recycling manure.

So, as we celebrate the contributions of agriculture in our everyday lives, please remember to support your local dairy farmers. Choose real milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products at the supermarket, convenience store, or drive-thru.

Crystal Spradlin

Walkersville

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And while you're thanking the dairy farmers for the food and drink they make available for your table, don't forget to thank the illegal immigrants and migrant farm workers who actually toil under the hot sun to pull your food from the ground and drive the trucks that get it to the supermarket. As for milk, you can choose real milk from real cows, real milk from real almonds, real milk from real soy and real milk from real coconuts.

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