The week of Feb. 19-25 has been proclaimed Food Check-out Week in Harlan County.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley signed a proclamation on Tuesday declaring Food Check-Out Week.
“We’re celebrating Food Check-Out Week,” Harlan County Farm Bureau Secretary Nathan Boggs said. “It’s simply a time to recognize our local farmers.”
Boggs and Harlan County Farm Bureau Ladies’ Chair Nola Sizemore were present at the proclamation signing, and presented Mosley with a basket of savory vegetables to commemorate the event.
Boggs explained how local farmers help keep food prices down.
“The reason we have such cheap, safe and affordable food in America is because our Kentucky farmers take care of their soil and take care of their animals,” Boggs said. “They make things renewable.”
According to the proclamation, America’s farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world, providing an ample supply of safe and affordable food. Agribusiness is an important part of Harlan County’s economy with numerous local companies involved in the production of food and fiber products.
The proclamation also states Harlan farmers help feed the community, state, nation and other people around the world.
“America’s food supply is the most affordable as well as the safest in the world,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney in a press release. “Domestic foods that are produced by farmers in Kentucky and throughout the United States are responsible in part for our nation’s increased standard of living.”
The release additionally states that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American consumers spend on average just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food.
On Wednesday, Harlan County Farm Bureau board members along with Harlan County High School agriculture teacher Rachael Mason and Harlan County High School Future Farmers of America students will be at Food City in Harlan and Don’s Super Saver distributing brochures and outlining the importance of agriculture and farming.
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