Annual 'Thank a Farmer Week' announced for Feb. 4-10

Missouri Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus across the state are joining forces to celebrate the importance of agriculture Feb. 4-10 during the annual “Celebrate Agriculture: Thank a Farmer Week.”

The Texas County Farm Bureau will be at Town and Country Supermarket in Houston with a table set up and cookies handed out on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

“Agriculture is important to our daily lives and our community,” said Texas County Farm Bureau’s Don Luerssen. “Because 98 percent of the population doesn’t farm, it is easy to take for granted the importance of our farmers. Thank a Farmer Week is a great time to recognize the important contribution made by farmers.”

America’s farms and farmers are the most productive in the world. Each farm annually produces enough food and fiber for 165 people, 106 in the U.S. and 59 abroad. American consumers benefit from this bounty and the many choices it offers, while spending less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food. With the projected growth in global population by 2050, farmers around the world will have to grow 70 percent more food than is now produced.

Farm and ranch families account for less than 2 percent of the U.S. population. Across the U.S., there are 2.1 million farms with 3.2 million farm operators. That number includes owners, their families, hired workers, tenants and renters or sharecroppers. Many farms today find multiple generations working together to produce food and fiber.

A 2016 study commissioned by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Farm Bureau found agriculture remains the top industry in the state with a contribution of about $88.4 billion to the economy.

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