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Agriculture celebrated during the annual “Thank a Farmer Week” held February 8-14

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:34 am

Join the celebration of agriculture as Farm Bureau members across the state share the important contributions of agriculture during “Thank a Farmer Week,” February 8-14.
Agriculture is everywhere! Take a look around and ask, where did this come from? Whether it is food, clothing, shelter, transportation, personal and household items, medications, or school supplies, what we use in our daily lives has a connection to agriculture. County Farm Bureau leaders across the state are hosting a variety of events to share this important message.
Agriculture is important to the economy not only in Missouri but the nation. Today’s farmers grow more food and do it with fewer resources than any other time in history.
Consumer demands change and farmers work hard to meet those needs by providing an increasing variety of goods. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, technology and innovation in agriculture allows one U.S. farmer to provide enough food and fiber for 154 people.
Farms come in all sizes. Some are highly specialized while others are diverse. Statistics show farm families make up about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet they provide for themselves and the other 98 percent.
As consumers shop for food, clothing and other essentials, it is easy to overlook the fact that agriculture and the farmer play an important role in making these items available. Grocery shelves are filled with an overwhelming number of food product choices, restaurant menus are filled with delicious offerings and racks of clothing beckon us. Yet, many people fail to connect the dots to realize farmers are the source of their supply of food and much more, says Patty Fennewald and Michele Aulbur, Co-Chairmen for the Audrain County Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee.
Consumers in the U.S. spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food, based on USDA figures. That amount is less than any country in the world.
Farming is about more than just food! From medical items to manufacturing and construction, agriculture is part of the formula. “Seldom do we stop and ask ourselves, ‘where did this come from?’ says Fennewald & Aulbur.
“Farmers and what they provide should not be taken for granted.”
Agriculture is an important part of Audrain County’s economy, where farm businesses give back to the community in many ways. Join the Audrain County Farm Bureau as we celebrate agriculture and ‘Thank a Farmer’ for a job well done during our special promotions February 8-14.
On Monday, February 9, a proclamation will be signed by the County Commissioner’s in their office at the Courthouse in Mexico at 9 a.m. declaring February 8-14 as “Thank A Farmer Week.” On Wednesday, February 11 there will be displays set up at three area grocery stores – Moser’s and County Market in Mexico and County Market in Vandalia where customers can pick up information about where their food comes from, recipes, ag statistics and can sign up to win gift certificates for Beef and Pork products compliments of the Audrain County Pork Producers and Audrain County Cattlemen’s Association. There will be demonstrations at area schools on pizza making and younger students will receive A-Z Ag Coloring Books. On Saturday, February 14 the week will end with Farm Bureau members helping with the Audrain Agri Business Pancake Breakfast at the Methodist Church.