NEWBERRY COUNTY — This Thanksgiving Day, as we gather with family and friends to count our blessings, let’s give thanks for the bounty we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day.
The safe, plentiful food that is available to us, and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use on a daily basis, didn’t just appear in a store. They got there thanks to a tremendous partnership of farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers.
In appreciation of this farm/city partnership, the President annually proclaims the week leading up to and including Thanksgiving Day as National Farm-City Week.
Rural and urban residents are “Partners in Progress” who produce the products, consume the products, and make them readily available through an efficient production and marketing chain. Farmers and ranchers are just the beginning of that chain.
Farm workers, researchers, processors, shippers, truck drivers, inspectors, wholesalers, agribusinesses, marketers, advertisers, retailers and consumers all play important roles in the incredible productivity that has made our nation’s food and fiber system the envy of the world.
As we celebrate 2016 Thanksgiving, let’s remember the vital farm/city partnerships that have done so much to improve the quality of our lives. Rural and urban communities working together have made the most of our rich agricultural resources, and have made significant contributions to our health and well-being and to the strength of our nation’s economy. For this, we can give thanks.
No other industry in America affects each and every American with more impact every day than agriculture. That’s right, from the foods we eat and the clothes we wear to the paper we write on, and the fuels we burn, almost everything we use starts with agriculture. Agriculture has been a significant, yet quiet source of our nation’s strength for centuries.
Agriculture is American’s No. 1 employer that provides more jobs, career opportunities and professions than any other industry. American agriculture is working to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of consumers around the world now and in the future, and continually produces higher quality food and fiber while being good stewards of the environment.
Nearly two million people farm or ranch in the United States. One American farmer now feeds 129 people! Only one percent of our population grows our food; 99 percent of the people can use their time to produce something else.
Man’s economic activity starts with food. People must get a minimum of a certain number of calories per day in order to sustain their bodies. Calories are necessary to maintain energy, outlook and enthusiasm. Without a balanced diet of a variety of foods, personal performance deteriorates.
Nations that are short of food become victims of the combined shortcomings suffered together where there are chronic food shortages. Success for an individual is measured by how far he can rise economically beyond supplying his basic need for food. Economic success for a nation is measured by how far it can rise above providing the basic food needs for its people.
It is in everyone’s best interest for farms and cities to remain strong and healthy. After all, farmers have helped make this nation a world leader. It is important to understand one another, similarities, differences, and interdependence. Neither farm nor city can exist in isolation.
We need to work together if we are to reach our full potential and find solutions to issues that concern us all: environmental matters; increasing population and dwindling land resource; international trade; world hunger; choosing or changing careers and finding work in a rapidly changing world.