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Indiana farmers have 'good news' ahead

Friday, March 18, 2005

"There is good news on the horizon for those involved with agriculture," said guest speaker Lew Middleton, Farm Bureau Public Relations Director, at the Farmers Share Breakfast Thursday morning.

The event, part of Clay County 2005 Ag Days' celebration of Ag Week during March 14-18, is a way to educate people about farming and today's agriculture market.

"Most people take their food for granted by never even thinking about where it came from," said Middleton. "Ask people unfamiliar with farming and agriculture where their food comes from and they will answer, the supermarket."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly two million people farm or ranch in the United States with almost 90 percent of those operated by individuals or family-owned corporations.

"For every dollar spent on food in grocery stores or restaurants only 19 cents of that dollar will go to farmers," Middleton said, explaining that American farmers are the most productive in the world, helping to feed most of the population of the world.

"It is our responsibility to tell the story of agriculture," Middleton urged the crowd of farmers and people attending the breakfast to help make things better through education. "Farmers are busy people who go about their business without worrying about public relations. Agriculture is the seed of life is the theme of Clay County's Ag Week, and nothing could be any truer of a statement. But if that story is not told, people will forget."

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