|February 19, 2014|
More than a half-million students in all 50 U.S. states this week will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host community-wide events to help others in need.
It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.
The week-long tradition started in 1948. Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
FFA was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Founding members of the organization taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it involves science, business and much more.
Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Members progress to enjoy careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co., National FFA Week activities can be followed on Twitter at #FFAweek.
According to responses on Facebook and Twitter, local FFA chapters plan to host parties in appreciation of their agriculture teachers and FFA advisors. Members will host local farmers’ markets, visit elementary and middle schools to talk about FFA and agricultural education, complete community-service projects, participate in spirit days at their schools to promote agricultural education and much more. A round-up of some planned National FFA Week activities.
From the County Judge/Executive's Desk
This last month has been a rough one on our county. The snow and ice have made our road crew work overtime. We have used over 500 tons of salt, more than twice what was used last year. We have been able to find some cinders that will help ease the cost of keeping our roads passable.
I know a few people have had complaints but I want to commend the state and county road departments on the great job they have done in these conditions. District 9 Road Department in Flemingsburg helped us find some road salt and the City of Carlisle let us buy 50 tons of salt from them. I am proud of the fact that the city and county have been able to have a good working relationship.
We are about to finalize the operation of the county run ambulance service. I am sure we will have to make adjustments as we go and think we will have a director in place that will help to continue our great service.
I hope people realize that every day, the county employees strive to make things better and I will never be satisfied just saying "We are just getting by." Every day will not be perfect but know that we are trying as hard as we can to make things happen.
I would like to close on a personal note this month. As most of you know, I lost my mother last Sunday. I would just like to say thank you to everyone for all the prayers and support our family has been blessed with.
It's nice to live in such a caring community.
Farm Bureau Food Check-Out Week February 16-22
With other costs of living skyrocketing, food in America still remains affordable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American Consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food. According to Kentucky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney, that means the average household will have earned enough disposable income to pay for it’s annual food supply in about seven weeks. By comparison, the Tax Foundation reported that Americans work until about mid-April to pay for federal taxes.
“America’s food supply is the most affordable as well as the safest in the world,” Haney said “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.”
In recognition of this, Nicholas Co. Farm Bureau joins Farm Bureaus across America in celebrating February 16-22, 2014 as Food Check-Out Week. To Honor our local farmers, the women’s committee will present the Ministerial Association with a check to help with the food pantry.
• The agriculture and food industries employ approximately 24 million people annually.
• U.S. agricultural exports generate more than $100 billion in business activity annually
• Almost 90 percent of U.S. farms are operated by families or individuals
• Today’s farmer-using less land, water and energy than previous generations-grows enough food and fiber to feed 154 people
• According to Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Market based Survey data, the average retail food price of 40 basic grocery items in Kentucky has increased less than $45 over the last 20 years.
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