Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
National Ag Week focuses on America ’s farmers
In 1935, the number of farms in the United States peaked at 6.8 million.
Today, there are 2.13 million farms dotting America ’s rural landscape.
Texas had the most farms (229,000) in 2003, followed by Missouri (106,000),
Iowa (90,000), Tennessee (87,000), Kentucky (87,000) and Oklahoma (83,500).
Mississippi has about 42,000 farms covering 11 million acres.
American farmers now provide consumers with better quality food at a
lower price. U.S. consumers spend roughly 9 percent of their income on
food compared with 22 percent in the United Kingdom , 26 percent in Japan
, 28 percent in South Africa and 51 percent in India .
“We often take for granted the abundance of food and fiber that
we have in this nation,” said David Waide , president of the Mississippi
Farm Bureau Federation. “This week focuses on where that food and
fiber comes from and that’s from the producers who till the soil
and produce that abundance for the American consumer.”
All Americans are asked to enjoy and admire the wonders of American agriculture
as National Agriculture Week is observed March 19-25, and National Agriculture
Day is celebrated on March 20.
“America ’s farmers and ranchers produce a rich and diverse
bounty each and every day. Their commitment and strong work ethic often
yields a 24 hours a day, seven days a week investment in agriculture,
said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Farm
Bureau is pleased to again offer wholehearted support the National Agriculture
Week campaign. This is an excellent opportunity for all Americans to join
together to learn more about the farmers and ranchers who contribute so
much to the prosperity of our nation.”
“I hope we can focus our attention this week on how lucky we are
as a nation to be well-fed and well-clothed,” Waide said.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 230,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.