PRINCETON — Since our earliest days as a nation, farmers have tilled the soil of this great land, feeding their families, other citizens and people around the world. Over the years, our economy has changed, but the American farm and ranch has remained a vital thread in the fabric of our lives. In fact, an average American farmer feeds 155 people each year.
Our nation was founded on values of hard work, faith, family and community. Those values still hold true for farmers and ranchers. By providing an abundant supply of safe, high-quality food and fiber, our farmers and ranchers contribute to a quality of life in our country that is unmatched around the world.
Farmers do not work alone. Farm workers, researchers, educators, processors, shippers, truck drivers, inspectors, agribusinesses, wholesalers, marketers, retailers and consumers, many of whom are in urban and suburban areas, all play important roles in the incredible productivity of our nation’s food and fiber system.
As we gather with family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, it is fitting that we count among our blessings the vital farm-city partnerships that have done so much to improve the quality of our lives. Rural and urban communities working together have made the most of our rich agricultural resources, and they continue to contribute to the health and well being of our people and to the strength of our economy.
In recognition of National Farm City week, the Bureau County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee donated enough food to provide Thanksgiving dinner for 155 people. This donation, which consists of 22 turkeys, 30 cans of sweet potatoes, 26 cans of cranberry sauce, 20 boxes of instant potatoes, 26 packages of stuffing, 44 cans of green beans, 12 packages of rolls, 30 jars of apple sauce, 15 boxes of cake mix and 15 cans of frosting, took place on Nov. 14 at the food pantry in Princeton.