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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Farm Bureau celebrates 'Thank a Farmer Week'

  • The Missouri Farm Bureau is reaching out to all Missouri citizens this week and asking them to thank a farmer.
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  • The Missouri Farm Bureau is reaching out to all Missouri citizens this week and asking them to thank a farmer.
    Every year, the organization has a "Thank a Farmer Week," and this year the week-long celebration of farmers fell on Feb. 2-8. On top of the organization encouraging everyone to thank farmers, the Pulaski County Commission is also on board, having issued a proclamation officially designating the celebration be a county-wide initiative.
    "The Farm Bureau wants to recognize the role farmers play in our state and nationwide," said Larry Helms, of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau. "Farming is a big deal for families and individuals when you consider the amount of food and fiber they produce."
    According to a press release from the Missouri Farm Bureau, many people may not even realize the extent that farming plays in their lives.
    "You can't have a day without agriculture," the press release reads. "From food, clothing, shelter, transportation to personal hygiene items, medications and household items—all depend on agriculture."
    According to the Farm Bureau, people also may not realize the economic implications of agriculture throughout the country.
    "Agriculture is important to the economy, not only in Missouri but in the nation," the release says. "Today's farmers grow more food and do it with fewer resources than at any other time in history. As consumer demands change, farmers meet those needs by providing an increasing variety of goods."
    Helms said the Pulaski County Farm Bureau has about 1,100 members. About 70 percent of those members are actively involved in farming in some way, he said.
    Throughout the week, members of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau have visited local schools and also handed out and posted flyers explaining the purpose of Thank a Farmer Week.
    "We just want to spread the word," Helms said. "We're talking to anyone we can in the community."
    Helms said Missouri Farm Bureau is a two-fold operation.
    One part of the organization deals with selling insurance, and the other part monitors farming legislation, lobbying and keeps farmers in the know.
    "We keep everyone informed," Helms said.
    To learn more about the Missouri Farm Bureau, visit http://www.mofb.org/.

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