February 3, 2011

Farm Bureau Announces Thank A Farmer Week February 6th-12th

Memphis, MO January 30, 2011 - Food, clothing, shelter, transportationand so much more! All these items we use daily have ties to agriculture and the farmer. In recognition of the farmer's role in contributing to our quality of life, Missouri Farm Bureau and the 113 county Farm Bureau organizations are celebrating agriculture and the farmer by declaring February 6-12 Thank A Farmer Week.

This week-long celebration reminds us of the contribution made by men and women who have chosen a career of providing food and fiber for the world. Thanks to technology and efficiencies in agriculture, one U.S. farmer today can provide food and fiber for 155 people. This number has risen steadily each decade allowing fewer people to engage in agriculture yet enjoy the products provided.

For the first time in human history, most people have little contact with the source of their food supply, relying on others to produce what is needed. Food items line the grocery store shelves and fill restaurant menus, but many people fail to make the connection between farmers and their food supply, according to David Jackson, Scotland County Farm Bureau President.

"Thanks to farmers, our food supply is abundant, very affordable and healthy," Jackson said.

The most recent information from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service indicates American families and individuals spend, on average, about 10 percent of their disposable personal income for food. Other countries spend a much larger percentage Japan, 14 percent; China, 32 percent; Philippines, 38 percent; Jordan, 43 percent and Pakistan, 50 percent.

Commodities produced by our farmers and ranchers are far more than just food. They provide important ingredients in personal care products, construction, health care, manufacturing, entertainment, education, printing, sports and transportation. Yet, because they are always available, they are taken for granted with little thought given to who helped to produce them.

Agriculture is an important part of Scotland County's economy. Farm businesses give back to the community in many ways while providing for all of us.

"Join the Scotland County Farm Bureau as we pause to 'Thank Farmers' for a job well done during our special promotion February 6-12," said Jackson.

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