It’s time to celebrate agriculture and all the things it provides. Missouri Farm Bureau “Thank a Farmer Week,” February 7-13, will be the focus of Farm Bureau members across the state to share messages about agriculture and the farmers and ranchers who produce our food.
You buy most of your food from the grocery stores with shelves filled with so many choices for your daily meals. The crops and meat used to make those products are grown by farmers. But, did you know what is grown on the farm is used for thousands of other uses? Clothing, fuel, medicine, entertainment, sports, personal care, and school supplies are just some items we use daily that start at the farm. That is why agriculture is important to our local, state, and national economy. It is a driving force of communities both rural and urban. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, innovation in agriculture allows one U.S. farmer to provide enough food and fiber for 168 people in the United States and abroad. Consumers in this country now spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food, according to the USDA. That is less than any other country in the world.
Look for local events sponsored by the Audrain County Farm Bureau. The week will begin with a Proclamation Signing by Steve Hobbs, Audrain County Commissioner at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 8, at the Audrain County Courthouse.
The Audrain County Farm Bureau will once again be sponsoring information tables in local grocery stores, County Market in Mexico and Vandalia, and Moser’s in Mexico with chances to win gift certificates from Audrain Country Pork Producers and Audrain County Cattlemen’s Association. Also watch for “Meet a Farmer” table towers in local restaurants. This year, Audrain County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a women’s evening at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce building on February 17 at 6 p.m. Kent Shannon of the University of Missouri Extension Office will be presenting a program entitled “Drones in Agriculture and the Laws Affecting Them.” Any woman in the area is invited and can RSVP for the program to Shirley Lynch at the Audrain County Farm Bureau office by calling 573-581-3881. A light supper will be served. RSVP’s are appreciated.
“Agriculture is a big part of our community, yet many people simply take it for granted,” Patty Fennewald, Audrain County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee co-chair, says. “Farmers and the agri-businesses that support them, give back in many ways. They deserve a pat on the back.” Help the Audrain County Farm Bureau celebrate agriculture and “Thank a Farmer” during our special promotion February 7-13.