Some people watch the Super Bowl just to see the commercials. They can be pretty incredible. Tampa Bay farmers are especially excited this year over one sponsored by Dodge.
It says, "And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker,' so God made a farmer."
Local growers are happy over the coast-to-coast attention because they say many people don't give them their due.
"They set down at the table three times a day and expect food to be there," said Carl Grooms, owner of Fancy Farms in Plant City, which grows strawberries. "They never think about who gave their all to put that there for them."
Grooms says farming is a crapshoot, and Mother Nature is in charge. He says this year, it is unlikely he will make a profit because of all the warm winter weather we have been having.
Weather isn't the only challenge. Local strawberry farmers have been particularly upset over imports lately. Recently, berries from Mexico showed up on the shelves of a big box store in Plant City -- home of the Strawberry Festival.
Mike Carey, Polk's last dairy farmer, says he worries a lot too. Carey says he has lost money six out of the last eight years. He says even though the price of milk has gone up, many times it still doesn't cover his costs.
"If we gave you the dairy free of charge, you couldn't make a go of it," he said.
Carey says agriculture always has its ups and down, and during hard times, he and other farmers just keep going hoping the future will be better.
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