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      As farmers, we see the production side of agriculture. We know all about the best time to plant the soybean seed in the ground each spring, what nutrients are needed for healthy baby calves to thrive, and when it’s the best time to bale alfalfa hay.  We understand, though, that it’s you, the consumer, who decides what we produce. On National Ag Day, we need to appreciate the role of consumers in agricultural production. 

     You are passionate about food. You take the time to research new recipes, learn different food terminology and ask questions. Food has always had the unifying power to bring us together. It helps make us a community.  Farmers want you to know that whatever food choices you make for you and your family – we’re ready to serve you. Choice is a good thing. It’s great to have a variety of options available at grocery stores. Farmers appreciate when you make thoughtful decisions at the grocery store and are ready to provide you with a bountiful selection.

 

      Farmers raise the hogs and takes them to the packing plant or butcher.  Consumers purchase the peppered bacon, maple flavored ham and thick Windsor loins. You want variety, just like farmers do, and we ask our grocers to provide us with a variety of meats, vegetables and fruits.

     If it wasn’t for consumers like you, we may have never “discovered” the flat iron steak or Greek yogurt. There is a continual review of what consumers want on the grocery shelf and ag producers are up for the challenge, providing you with foods you want and also supply you with foods you don’t even know you want….yet.

Grilled Flat Iron Steak – photo credit: www.Beefitiswhatsfordinner.com

     We know you want less packaging, less use of water and fewer inputs in making food. The agricultural producer agrees and works hard to take care of the land they earn their living from.  We are partners in taking responsibility for passing on a better earth to our children. Thanks to consumers, like you, who don’t just talk about better stewardship of the earth but takes action through recycling and conserving.

    It doesn’t take just ag producers to make food production a priority – it takes informed consumers, who continue to make the United States one of the best fed countries in the world.

 

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