This is Farm-City Week, with Wednesday being Farm-City Day throughout the country. Farm-City Week is always the week before Thanksgiving, and community and state leaders work to give thanks for the abundant food supply provided by the nation's farmers and ranchers. Farm-City Week helps promote a greater understanding of agriculture and it's connection to the foods we all enjoy, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day of the year.
NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler explains that as North Carolina grows more and more of our residents are living in or near cities, and our connection to the farm is not as direct as it once was.
Commissioner Troxler encourages all to find a Farm-City Week event in your community and participate.
“The annual event began Friday and runs through Thanksgiving Day. I hope that no one forgets where this abundant food supply that we have in this country came from.
Just about everything on your plate for Thanksgiving dinner can be grown here. We are the third most diverse agricultural state in the nation, and we rank number two in hog production. And number two in turkey production. All of the fresh fruits and vegetables, and who can forget the sweet potatoes, we rank number one in those.
There are a very limited number of people in agriculture and all of the people that consume what we grow, the Farm-City week is a great opportunity to promote a better understanding of agriculture and its connection to the food that we all enjoy.
A lot of communities hold functions on Wednesday to celebrate the whole week. We are very proud that they take the time to have these Farm-City Week events and it is an opportunity to interface with political leadership.
I can never say it enough, agriculture is this state’s number one economic driver. Its over $72 billion dollars a year and it employs 640,000 people state wide in a state of nearly 9 million people.
Farm-City Week is a great week to thank your local farmer. I would encourage people to attend these events across the state and get to know the farmers that are out there every day producing the food that we eat every day of the year. It’s an abundant food supply, but also economically priced when you look at food prices in other areas of the world. There is a lot to be thankful for.
Remember that North Carolina Agriculture serves you three times a day.”