As we gather with family and friends to count our blessings this holiday season, let’s give thanks for the bounty we enjoy 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. 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.
In appreciation of this farm-city partnership, the week leading up to and including Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed as National Farm-City Week. 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.
Lance and Stephanie Miller Blount County Farm City Chairmen