Ag community remembers Sept. 11

Ag community remembers Sept. 11
Sep 11, 2023

Members of the farming community are remembering what happened in New York

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Members of the U.S. ag community took to social media Monday morning to remember the events and lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Between 8:46 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. eastern time on that day, 19 men highjacked and crashed four commercial airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and into a field near Shanksville, Penn.

A total of 2,977 people died.

Farmers remember where they were twenty-two years ago when the attacks started.

“Almost exactly like today, not a cloud in the sky,” Brian Case, an Ohio farmer, said on X (Twitter). “I was walking into a meeting when the news came across the radio. The world had definitely changed in the 2 hours I was in that meeting. I had a high school classmate that was a flight attendant on the second plane.”

“I always complained about hearing airplanes interrupting my rural quiet,” one user said. “On 9/11 I was on the tractor & noticed no contrails. Thought how nice it would be to hear the silence. Shut off the tractor, went inside & saw the news. Never complained about plane noise since that day.”

Other members of the ag community are posting messages of remembrance and reflection.

“Never forget. A time to remember those who died, those who served and those who carry on,” Channel Seed said on its X account.

“We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11,” Fulton Valley Farms from Towanda, Kan., posted on its social media.

In past years, connected with U.S. producers who recounted where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.

In 2021, for example, Larry Cogan, a hog, sheep and hay producer from Somerset County, Penn., told he was working at his family’s greenhouse business, about three miles from where Flight 93 crashed.

And in 2020, two New York farmers shared their memories of Sept. 11.

John Kriese, a beef producer, was teaching an ag class at a local high school. And Eric Ooms was in Washington, D.C., working on policies about regional dairy pricing.

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