In order to do these articles one has to have an “Alleluia” moment. That imaginary light bulb that goes on in your head or “Wow I could have had a v-8 moment”. I had one! Ok it may not have been a magical moment like you would expect because I was watching an old rerun of the Road Runner and Wylie Coyote show. Yep it’s true and I’ll admit I like the old cartoons. There is just something about Sponge Bob Squarepants (REALLY?), that just ain’t right! Anyway watching the road runner zip around the desert roads with the coyote trying his best to catch him, it dawned on me that it takes dedication to run day after day always dodging the traps that were set for him. And I’m just supposing the road runner is a he.

Perseverance is defined by Webster Dictionary is: the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition. I’m not surprised they did not have, example: Wylie Coyote’s name listed. Have you ever seen one character that never gave up trying to achieve his goal as the coyote? No matter how many failures he just keeps on trying to catch the Road Runner. What keeps him going? It’s the thought of the success of catching that bird.

The Olympics just finished and we saw athletes from around the world that gave a lot sacrifices to achieve the goal of possibly winning a gold medal. Only a few would realize that dream. Again perseverance and dedication is their drive to spend hours of practicing and sacrificing so much to fulfill their dreams.

Farmers and ranchers also show the drive and dedication it takes to year after year plant that seed on the ground never knowing if mother nature will be with them or against them or will the markets pay them for their toils. These people have been feeding the world for centuries but each year it seems the populace seems to take for granted the livelihood of these men and women. With each generation there are less and less who work the land along with less and less land being kept in production with urban sprawl taking more land.

Conservation takes dedication to the land. Perseverance to do the right practices that benefit the land by keeping it healthy. The small layer of topsoil that we are blessed with is the only thing between health and starvation. It may sound drastic but think about it, what will the plants grow in to produce food if it is not protected to keep it from washing away? The practice of growing crop by hydroponics does not mean under water in the topsoil that has washed into our rivers and streams, it doesn’t work that way! Farmers and ranchers are the stewards of a large part of our lands but each one of us has to be diligent in doing our part to conserve our natural resources.

So the next time you see the road runner being chased by that old coyote think about the life lessons they both are experiencing. We can all learn from, yes, even cartoon characters. Maybe not so much from Spongebob but you know what I mean. So see you next time “On the Level”. For more information you can contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service or contact me at USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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