SC Farm Bureau Women Visit Statehouse on Behalf of National Ag Day
Columbia, SC - Farm Bureau women from across South Carolina converged at the Statehouse Thursday in support of National Ag Day, a time to increase public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society.
More than sixty members of county Farm Bureau chapters from across the state donned their South Carolina blue to celebrate agriculture, the largest piece of our state’s economy. The women were introduced in the State Senate Chamber, and had the opportunity to speak with policymakers regarding legislation that affects agriculture within the state and thank them for their support of South Carolina agriculture. They also toured the Supreme Court of South Carolina.
“Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of and had friends or relatives involved with agriculture,” said Frances Price South Carolina Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chair. “Today, that's no longer the case. Agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life – food, fiber, clothing and shelter. We hope to draw attention to that fact through our presence at the Statehouse.”
“American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows,” Harry Ott, SCFB president said. “Today, each American farmer feeds more than 154 people, a dramatic increase from just 25 people in the 1960s. And the need for food produced in the United States is more important than ever. Agriculture is this nation's number one export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.”
The SCFB Women’s Leadership Committee and the Ag in the Classroom Program sponsor an Ag Literacy Week project each year as part of the National Ag Week celebration. In an effort to teach students more about agriculture, county women’s committee members are encouraged to read the selected book of the year to classrooms in their counties. The 2017 Book of the Year is Before We Eat, from Farm to Table by Peat Brisson.
Agribusiness is the state’s largest industry generating nearly $42 billion annually and more than 212,000 jobs each year in the state. National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture.
National Agriculture Day is on March 21, 2017. This will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day, which is celebrated in communities and classrooms across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”
The SCFB Women’s Leadership Program works through the organization’s volunteers to tell the farm story through education events with children and youth and by raising funds annually to support their programs. The program is one of many purpose activities sponsored by the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, a grassroots, non-profit organization with nearly 100,000 member families statewide celebrating and supporting family farmers, locally grown food, and our rural lands through legislative advocacy, education, and community outreach. By connecting farmers to the larger community, Farm Bureau cultivates understanding about agriculture’s importance to South Carolina’s local economies. To learn more, visit scfb.org.