JACKSON — “National Agriculture Week” was recently proclaimed in Jackson County.
Jackson County Commissioners Paul Haller, Ed Armstrong and Jon Hensler issued a proclamation during their Tuesday, March 17 meeting, naming Sunday, March 22 to Saturday, March 28, as National Agriculture Week.
The proclamation, in part, states:
“Our supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants offer a tremendous selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, and other food items, but we often forget the hardworking men and women whose skill and effort put that food on our table.
“American agriculture plays a crucial role in strengthening our economy and in providing food for people around the world. While producing an abundance of safe and affordable food and fiber, our farmers also provide a source of jobs in our community. When you factor in all the jobs involved in processing, distributing and marketing food and fiber products, you see that American agriculture is truly everywhere and touches everyone in almost every way. American agriculture is our nation’s largest employer.
“More than 22 million people today work in the agricultural industry. World population is expected to reach 7.9 billion by the year 2021, and American agriculture is poised to reach the demands of feeding this growing population.”
On hand for the reading of the proclamation were Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau Senior Organization Director Kim Harless, Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau board members Travis Unger, and Arnold Coffey.
Harless, Unger, and Coffey also reminded commissioners that Tuesday, March 24, is National Ag Day, and presented each commissioner a basket filled with locally grown and produced items. National Ag Day is a time when producers and others gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.