COLUMBIA — Farm Bureau women from across South Carolina converged at the Statehouse in support of National Ag Day, a time to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society.
Nearly 80 members of county Farm Bureau chapters from across the state donned their South Carolina blue to celebrate agriculture, the largest contributor to our state’s economy. The women were introduced the State House Chamber, and had the opportunity to speak with policymakers regarding legislation that affects agriculture within the state and thank them for their support of South Carolina agriculture.
“National Agriculture Day marks a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind consumers that agriculture is a part of all of us,” said Frances Price, South Carolina Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee chair. “Agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life – food, fiber, clothing and shelter. We hope to draw attention to that fact through our presence at the Statehouse.”
“American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows,” Harry Ott, SCFB president said. “Today, each American farmer feeds more than 154 people, a dramatic increase from just 25 people in the 1960’s. And the need for food produced in the United States is more important than ever. Agriculture is this nation’s number one export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.”
The SCFB Women’s Leadership Committee and the Ag in the Classroom Program sponsor an Ag Literacy Week project each year as part of the National Ag Week celebration. In an effort to teach students more about agriculture, SCFB county women’s committee members are encouraged to read agricultural books to classrooms in their communities, such as Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell.