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Stories Added - February 2009
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Food Check-Out Week Celebrates America’s Agricultural Efficiency
Houston County Courier -  February 2009

WACO - Recognition of safe, abundant and affordable food grown by the American farmer and rancher will take place across the Lone Star State Feb. 15-21 as Farm Bureau celebrates Food-Check-Out Week.
“Most American families earn enough income by mid-February to pay for their family’s food for an entire year,” said Kenneth Dierschke, president of the Texas Farm Bureau.
“Even in this uncertain economy, Americans spend only 10 percent of their disposable income each year—less than the citizens of any nation—to feed their families.”
County Farm Bureau organizations across the state will use this opportunity to spread the news of how every American benefits from the efficiency and productivity of our nation’s farm families. Farm Bureau members will also stock the shelves of food charities like Ronald McDonald Houses and local food banks and shelters, with food and cash donations.
“We are aware of those less fortunate in this society, and we make a special commitment during Food Check-Out Week to ensure no one goes hungry,” Dierschke said.
“However, through good times and bad, farmers and ranchers have fulfilled the promise to provide a plentiful supply of safe, nutritious food to all Americans and others around the world.”
There are 2.13 million farms in the United States. Today, 98 percent of U.S. farms are operated by farm families. Those same farmers and ranchers receive only 19 cents of every dollar spent on food.
Even with the additional cost of processing and retailing, the average American can earn enough to pay for a year’s supply of food in just 37 days.
“That’s an overlooked story that needs to be told,” Dierschke said. “The Farm Bureau is proud of the farmers and ranchers of Texas and their commitment to feed America and the world.”


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