Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Being Thankful

Be thankful for ag producers on Thanksgiving
By Mariah Baumann, MFBF regional field manager, Billings, Mont.

When it’s your turn to announce what you’re thankful for this upcoming Thanksgiving season, don’t forget to thank the farmers and ranchers who made your Thanksgiving meal possible.

Not only do farmers and ranchers produce enough food and fiber for every person in the nation, they also make it affordable. American Farm Bureau Federation has found that the average cost of this year’s feast for 10, including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and all the basic trimmings, is $44.61, up only $2.35 from last year.

One way farmers and ranchers are being recognized is through National Farm-City week, which is taking place the week leading up to and the day of Thanksgiving. The National Farm-City Week is a time to remember the farmers and ranchers—and all within the food production chain—who work to provide us with the food we have in this country and export throughout the world. It is meant to remind people of the interdependence among agriculture, the people who grow the food and the people who eat it. Read More

We have a lot to be thankful for around our house once again this year and I am sure that you do as well. Remember, there would be no Thanksgiving meal if it weren’t for the farmers and ranchers that grew the food. I hope all of you have a very wonderful Thanksgiving.

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