To the editor:
You, I and 153 other people ate today because of one American farmer. An increase of 800 percent over the past 73 years! Where in 1940, each farmer produced enough food to feed 19 people. We officially recognize our farmers and all they do to make our lives better during Agriculture Week, March 17-23. Farmers not only produce food, fiber and fuel, they contribute to a strong economy. In fact, the total impact of agriculture and agribusinesses account for 20 percent of the state's economy.
And it's not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, are vital links in a chain that brings food to every citizen – and millions of people abroad.
Agriculture week is a good time to reflect – and be grateful for – American agriculture! Take a drive in the country with your family. And wave if you see a farmer. I guarantee they'll wave back.