Thursday, April 10, 2014
Farm Bureau Women from across South Carolina converged on the Statehouse Tuesday in support of National Ag Day, a time to increase public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society.
More than 60 members of county Farm Bureau chapters from across the state donned their South Carolina blue in solidarity that agriculture is vital to the state's economy. Agribusiness (farming and forestry combined) is the state's largest industry generating $34 billion and 200,000 jobs each year in the state.
The farm women were introduced in the State Senate and House Chambers and recognized through a resolution signed by Governor Haley signifying this as South Carolina Ag Day. SC Farm Bureau (SCFB) Women's Leadership Committee Chair Frances Price (who is also the State Ag Commission Chair) said, "Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of - and had friends or relatives involved with - agriculture. 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 today."
SCFB President David Wink-les, who runs a family farm in Sumter County, said, "American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds about 154 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is this nation's number one export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy."
The SC Farm Bureau Women's Program works through its volunteers to tell the farm story through education events with children and youth and by raising funds annually to support their programs.