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 abundance of food and fiber
The agricultural industry has become increasingly sophisticated. Today's
farmer works nearly three-and-one-half times more land than his predecessor
from 1900. His needs are different, the crops are different and the rules
governing production practices are different.
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 11 percent in the United Kingdom, 17 percent in Japan,
27 percent in South Africa and 53 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 16-22, and National Agriculture
Day is celebrated on March 21.
Increasingly, farmers are using cutting-edge technology to produce better
products for the consumer. Farmers and ranchers produce meat that is lower
in fat and cholesterol. The result is beef cuts that have 27 percent less
fat than in 1985. Biotechnology has resulted in better tasting fruits
and vegetables that stay fresh longer and are naturally resistant to insects.
Plant breeding has resulted in crops better able to handle the environmental
effects of drought, disease, and insect infestations resulting in higher
yields at harvest and lower costs to the consumer.
“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.