2013-11-14 / Letters

National Farm City Week Nov. 15-21

To The Editor:

Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s number-one industry, with more than $5.7 billion in cash receipts gained annually from production agriculture. The commonwealth ranks first nationally in mushroom production, and is in the top five in the country among the production of pumpkins, apples, grapes, peaches and pears.

That’s certainly a notable lineup of commodities. But it’s important to remember that all of these items don’t magically appear on the shelves of your local grocery store. They get there thanks to a tremendous partnership of farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers.

November 15-21 is National Farm City Week, a week where we recognize and celebrate this partnership. Rural and urban residents are “Partners in Progress” who produce the products, consume the products, and make them readily available through an efficient production and marketing chain.

Farmers and ranchers are just the beginning of that chain. Farm workers, researchers, processors, shippers, truck drivers, inspectors, wholesalers, agribusinesses, marketers, advertisers, retailers and consumers all play important roles in Pennsylvania’s food and fiber system.

This week, let’s remember the vital farm city partnerships across Pennsylvania that do much to improve the quality of our lives. Rural and urban communities working together have made the most of our rich agricultural resources, and have made significant contributions to the strength of our commonwealth’s economy. For this we, we can give thanks.

Marlin Lynch, President

Fulton County

Farm Bureau

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