Linda Holland Letter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Letter to the editor

Remember farm-city partnerships this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving Day, as we gather with family and friends to count our blessings, let’s give thanks for the bounty we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us, and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use on a daily basis, didn’t just appear in a store. They got their thanks to a tremendous partnership of farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers.

The President of the United States annually proclaims the week leading up to and including Thanksgiving Day as National Farm-City Week in appreciation to the cooperative network that employs more than 24 million workers, annually adding more than $1.3 trillion to our gross domestic product. These farm-city collaborations help maintain and improve our food and fiber supply and contribute to a better quality of life for countless citizens.

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This week as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remember to count among our blessings the farm-city partnerships that have contributed to our health and well-being and to the strength of our nation’s economy.

Linda T. Holland

Panola County Farm
Bureau Women’s Chair