At Thanksgiving, Americans often celebrate their blessings with family and friends. Because food plays an integral part of holiday gatherings, the week of Thanksgiving makes the perfect time to celebrate Farm-City Week, Nov. 21 through Thanksgiving Day, and reflect on the cooperative relationship between farmers and their urban colleagues who help process, market and retail the food farmers grow to the American consumer, according to a press release from Madison County Farm Bureau.
“What better time to think about agriculture and Georgia’s farmers than at Thanksgiving when we gather around the table with our families,” said Louise Hart, Madison County Farm Bureau Women’s Chair. “Farmers depend on consumers to purchase the crops they produce and consumers depend on farmers to provide an abundant and safe food supply.”
In celebration of Farm-City Week, the Madison County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee made a donation to the Madison County Food Bank, hoping to help make a difference for people in need in the county.
According to a report published by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Statistics Service, Georgia farmers lead the nation in producing broilers, pecans, peanuts and watermelon and second in the production of fresh market cucumbers, spring onions, and rye. Georgia farm and timber owners also provide environmental benefits to the state by preserving natural habitats for native plants and animals. According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, of Georgia’s 37 million acres of land area, 24.8 million acres is forestland.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization.