Thank a Farmer Week proclamation signed
Area communities honor local farmers
Monett Mayor Mike Brownsberger has declared Feb. 2-8 through as Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week, a recognition sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau.
In a news release from the Lawrence County Farm Bureau, the number of farms in Missouri dropped from 99,171 on 28.5 million acres to 95,320 on 27.8 million acres of land in 2012. Despite that drop, Missouri continues to rank among the top 10 states in production of major commodities and provides an $88.4 billion economic impact.
It is estimated by 2050, the global population is expected to increase by 2.2 million people, and farmers will have to grow about 70 percent more food that is now produced.
Farm and ranch families account for about 2 percent of the population in the country. Across the United States, there are approximately two million farms with 3.4 million operators, including owners, their families, hired workers, tenants, renters or sharecroppers. Many of today’s farm families are comprised of multi-generational members working together.
Agriculture includes more than just the farm to table market, supplying resources for clothing, fuel, medicine, entertainment, sports equipment, personal care products, school supplies and more.
“Agriculture is important to our daily lives and our community,” said Ben Fizette, Lawrence County Farm Bureau president in Mt. Vernon. “Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week is a great time to recognize the important contribution made by farmers.”
The proclamation reads:
“Whereas, American’s farmers and ranchers provide food that satisfies the tastes and preferences of today’s consumers; and
“Whereas, one farm produces enough food and fiber for 166 people in the United States and abroad; and
“Whereas, America’s farmers and ranchers not only provide the food we eat but also help sustain rural communities, preserve open space and wildlife habitat and protect the environment; and
“Whereas, farming and ranching play a vital rolls in the economy of the country and each county in the state; and
“Whereas, farmers are professionals in their career of providing food and fiber and work behind the scenes to provide a food supply that is healthy, abundant, affordable and among the world’s safest; then
“Be it therefore resolved that in recognition of the efforts of farmers on behalf of the consumers around the world, I, Mike Brownsberger, mayor of Monett, join the Lawrence County Farm Bureau in honoring the agriculture producer by declaring February 2-8, 2020, Missouri Farm Bureau Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week.
“/s/ Mike Brownsberger
“Jan. 24, 2020.”