Farm-City Week highlights unbeatable combo
Combos become combos because their parts, when put together, make each other better: peanut butter and jelly; shrimp and grits; steak and potatoes; tacos and Tuesdays; jeans and a t-shirt; suit and tie. All those parts and the resulting combos are produced in Georgia, which is home to another pair worth remembering and celebrating: farms and cities.
It’s an interdependent relationship. Wherever there are lots of people, there is a need for food and clothing—and wherever there are farmers, there is a need for consumers.
As the holidays draw near, Emanuel County Farm Bureau invites the public to celebrate that relationship by observing Farm-City Week November 17-24.
Farm-City Week highlights the relationship between Georgia farmers and their partners in urban areas who prepare, transport, market and retail the food and fiber that farmers grow for consumers. Kiwanis International began Farm-City Week in 1955 to increase the understanding of the partnership between urban and rural residents.
Farmers and their urban partners have worked together to drive Georgia forward since the state’s beginning. The state’s agribusinesses strive every day to produce food, clothing, shelter and other items necessary for American life. These farmers are proud of their role, and they’re extremely thankful that the non-farming public is there to support them.
Agriculture is Georgia’s largest economic sector, and farmers depend on their partners in town such as their bankers, Extension agents, equipment and supply salesmen to keep the agricultural economy going.
In 2019, food and fiber production plus the related industries involved with processing and delivering products to consumers contributed $70.1 billion to Georgia’s economy, according to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED). Agriculture and its related industries also contributed 359,220 jobs in Georgia in 2019.
Farm-City Week is a great time to discuss how the economy impacts farmers and consumers. When looking at the price of groceries, note that in 2019, farmers received on average 7.6 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service. The rest of the dollar goes to wages and materials for food preparation, marketing, transportation and distribution, all of which have increased in price, too.
In 2020, Americans spent an average of 8.6 percent of their disposable personal income on food, the USDA reports, which is less than consumers in any other country spend. America’s healthy, safe, and consistent food supply is so affordable, thanks to the production and delivery partnership between farmers and urban businesses.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. If you would like more information about agriculture, visit www.gfb.org, like Georgia Farm Bureau on Facebook, or follow on Twitter at @GaFarmBureau.