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Caledonia students: God Made a Farmer commercial is inspirational

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CALEDONIA, Minnesota (WXOW)—If you didn't spend a lot of time watching the game during this year's Super Bowl you may have watched the commercials.

One provided a walk back in time.

Dodge Ram turned Paul Harvey's speech, written for Future Farmers of America back in 1978, into a commercial.

"And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer," Harvey said.

The iconic speech and images tells the story of people like Josef Pettit, Caledonia High School Senior, who grew up on a beef farm.

"I like getting out there working with cattle, learning new stuff every day," Pettit said.

And Junior Andy Houdek.

"In the summer you have to cut hay, bail hay, chop hay, its a ton of work," Houdek said.

"God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year," Harvey said.

"But then you get bonuses like watching a calf grow up and have a calf of its own," Pettit said.

Hannah Russert and Carlie Krueger are in FFA and show cows together.

"Things might not work out the first time but you have to keep trying," Krueger said.

"You have to be there and make sure you're there all the time and work really hard," Russert said.

Russert and Krueger said they were glad to see the truth of a farmer's hard work shown during the Super Bowl.

"People who don't get a chance to see a farm or know where food comes from. So it's nice to show farmers provide you with everything," Krueger said.

The truth that struck Pettit is the image of a farmer in his cowboy hat.

"His face is worn out," Pettit said. "He's been working hard all day. Kind of reminds me of my dad a little bit when he'd come in from plowing, hauling hay."

"The typical farm kid wants to be just like his dad," Kevin Lapham, Caledonia High School Senior said.

"Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing," Harvey said. "Who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says."

"Yeah I want to do what my dad does," Houdek said.

"So God made a farmer," Harvey said.

Each time the commercial is watched and shared online Ram said they will make a donation to FFA.

Their goal is to raise $1-million for the group to support educational programs and assist in local hunger.

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