National Agriculture Week starts now

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National Agriculture Week starts now

With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp.

It’s officially Agriculture Week with National Agriculture Day, proclaimed by the President of this United States, arriving tomorrow.

Think of it as a shot in the arm. Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, says now isn’t just a great time to get out there and connect with consumers. It also gives us a platform to attract new faces…

“We need to introduce our young people to the abundance of careers in agriculture, from animal care to technology to farm management, and then we need to invest in research to continually improve and advance farming practices. Agriculture depends on hard-working, innovative farmers to help us be better every day at producing our country’s food, fiber and fuel.

When it comes to getting out there and talking to consumers, however, these tough times we’ve seen with rising supply costs and heartbreaking events have just shown how important food safety is. This creates a good starting point for this discussion.

“Over the past two years, the spotlight has been on American agriculture and how it touches all of our lives, whether on the farm or off. Consumers have increased their confidence in farmers and ranchers. They have seen us rise to the challenge and continue to cultivate even in the most difficult times. Let’s continue to build on that trust and work together to build a better future.

Zippy Duvall from the American Farm Bureau.

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