Farm Bureau pays tribute to farmers Feb. 10-16

Audrain County: Food, clothing, shelter, transportation and so much more are products of agriculture. Join Missouri Farm Bureau and the 113 county Farm Bureau organizations across the state, Feb. 10-16, as we pay tribute to Missouri's farmers and ranchers with a variety of Thank a Farmer Week activities.
The Missouri Farm Bureau Thank a Farmer Week allows us to pause and be reminded of the efforts of farmers and why their work is important to all of us.
Today's farmers grow more food and do it with fewer resources than any time in history. Consumer demands have changed over time, but farmers meet those needs by providing an increasing variety of goods. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, technology and innovations in agriculture allow one U.S. farmer to provide enough food and fiber for 154 people around the world.
Even amidst the current grow-your-own environment, most people have little contact with the source of their food supply. Most consumers rely on others to produce some or all of what is needed. Statistics show farm families make up about 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet they provide for themselves and the other 98 percent.
Grocery shelves are filled with an overwhelming number of food product choices. On average, nearly 40,000 different items appear in most shopping establishments. Restaurant menus boast a variety of items from which to choose. However, many people fail to connect the dots to realize farmers are the source of their supply of food, says Michele Aulbur, Promotion & Education Chairperson with Audrain County Farm Bureau.
Farmers provide an abundant, affordable and healthy food supply. Consumers in the U. S. spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on food, based on USDA figures. That amount is less than any country in the world.
Other items we use daily come from agriculture. Whether it is personal care products, medical items, school supplies, printed materials, sports equipment, manufacturing or construction, agricultural products are in the mix. "Seldom do we stop and ask ourselves, 'where did this come from?' says Aulbur. "Farmers and what they provide should not be taken for granted".
Agriculture is an important part of Audrain County's economy. Farm businesses give back to the community in many ways while they produce food and fiber for the world.
Join Audrain County Farm Bureau as members pause to 'Thank a Farmer' for a job well done during the special promotion Feb. 10-16. A Proclamation will be signed by the County Commissioners on Monday, declaring the week of February 10-16 as Thank A Farmer Week. There will be booths set up at the Hickman's IGA Stores in Mexico and Vandalia on Wednesday, to promote Thank A Farmer Week and to give everyone an opportunity to sign up for Beef and Pork Gift Certificates.