It’s nearly impossible to have an agriculture-free day, and thankfully, we don’t have to.

Texas is home to the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world.

For that we can thank our farmers and ranchers who rise every day to wrestle the challenges of unpredictable weather, fluctuating markets and a host of other obstacles so that we may find our grocery stores fully stocked.

While we are grateful for our food supply, many Americans may not realize the bounty of agriculture extends well beyond the pantry and kitchen.

Crops and livestock grown and raised in Texas also contribute to a multitude of essential non-food products for which we are thankful.

Everyday items such as clothing, cosmetics, shampoo, fuel, batteries, tires, film and even toothpaste are all made from plant and animal byproducts produced by farmers and ranchers.

If your family is blessed with good health, good fortune and good food this Thanksgiving, I also ask that you please consider helping those in need.

Donations of food, money and time are always welcome at your local food bank, and I encourage you to share your blessings.

After all, the rich bounty of our farmers and ranchers should be shared by all Texans.

When you sit down with friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday, make sure to carve out some time not only to share and enjoy all you have, but to show appreciation for those farmers and ranchers who work tirelessly to impact our lives in countless ways.

Now, aren’t you thankful?

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