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National Agriculture Week
March 23 – 29

 

  If you’re interested in locally grown food, chances are Georgia has it. Need locally grown wood for housing? Georgia has it. Raw materials for clothing? They’re grown in Georgia too.

  In 2012, the latest year for which final statistics are available, farm products from Georgia accounted for at least 15 percent of the value of total U.S. output in seven different agricultural commodities. For instance, Georgia-grown onions were valued at nearly $102 million, or 55 percent of the total value of spring onions grown nationwide, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Georgia peanuts produced in 2012 surpassed $1.1 billion in farm gate value, 49 percent of the value of U.S.-grown peanuts. Georgia was among the nation’s production leaders in pecans (40.1 percent of national production), cucumbers (25.8 percent), watermelons (15.6 percent), poultry broilers (15.4 percent) and cotton (15 percent).

 “Georgia’s farmers produce food, building and clothing materials to supply our neighbors, and our products are shipped all over the world,” said Ross McQueen, Henry County Farm Bureau president. “Farmers are the backbone of our state’s economy and a major economic driver in most Georgia counties.”

  American farmers have tackled many challenges in feeding a growing population. In the 1960s, the average American farmer produced enough food to feed 25 people. Today, the average American farmer feeds 155 people.            

  National Agriculture Week is observed in March to coincide with the planting of spring crops.  National Ag Week will be observed March 23-29. National Agriculture Day is March 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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