3/14/2017 3:57:00 PM March 19-25 proclaimed National Agriculture Week in Jackson County
Amidst baskets filled with numerous farm-fresh items, the Jackson County Commissioners and Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau members gathered together Tuesday morning, March 7, in order to recognize March 19-25 as National Agriculture Week. Shown from the left are Farm Bureau Board Trustee Travis Unger, Commissioner Jerry Hall, Farm Bureau President Jon Hensler, Farm Bureau Board Trustee Jennefer Saxour, Commissioner Ed Armstrong, and Farm Bureau Organization Director Kim Harless. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
The Jackson County Commissioners were treated to a wide array of farm-fresh items recently, courtesy of representatives of the Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau.
Bureau President Jon Hensler, Organization Director Kim Harless, and Board Trustees Jennefer Saxour and Travis Unger were present for the Tuesday, March 7 meeting of the commissioners to present gift baskets as a token of their appreciation for the board's continued support of local agriculture, and more specifically, the upcoming celebration of National Agriculture Week. This year's recognition of Ag Week will be March 19-25.
Hensler explained that March 21 is National Ag Day, which is a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across the nation gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.
"As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States," Hensler stated.
He went on to say that the National Ag Day program believes that every American should understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced; value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy; appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products; and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.
Agriculture provides almost everything people eat, use and wear on a daily basis, Hensler stated, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. He further said that celebrating events like Ag Day and Ag Week help promote American agriculture as well as educate millions of consumers.
In reading the official proclamation for Ag Week, Hensler stated that American agriculture is this country's largest employer, as more than 22 million people work in that field currently. As the world population is expected to reach 7.9 billion by the year 2020, Hensler said the American agriculture industry stands ready to "reach the demands of feeding this growing population."
The commissioners unanimously approved the proclamation and were more than happy to accept the gift baskets, which contained such items as farm-fresh eggs, green beans, apple jelly, apple butter, flower seeds, noodles, and frozen sausage patties courtesy of the Oak Hill Future Farmers of America (FFA) group.
"You can have dinner on us tonight," said Harless.
In closing, Harless also told the commissioners that this year's Ag Day event in Jackson County has been scheduled for Friday, May 12.