Giving thanks to agricultural industry
To the editor: Agriculture is Pennsylvania's largest industry, with more than $5.7 billion of food and fiber produced on our farms each year. It generates $45 billion in our state economy, and Pennsylvania ranks in the top 10 states in the production of more than 20 of these products.
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 our grocery stores. They get there thanks to a remarkable partnership of farmers, scientists, equipment manufacturers, processors, food brokers, financial lenders, truckers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers.
Today through Nov. 22 is National farm-City Week, when we recognize the celebrate this partnership. Rural and urban residents are "Partners in Progress" who produce and consume the products, and make them readily available through an efficient production and marketing chain.
When we buy food and fiber that is produced in Pennsylvania, we support, advance and help preserve all the elements or four food system, beginning with the farm families who proudly fuel this economic engine.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's remember the vital farm-city partnerships across Pennsylvania whose work contributes to 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 state's economy.
For this, we can give thanks.
Northumberland County Farm Bureau