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County Commission Chair Bertha K. McElrath signs the proclamation for Coosa County recognizing Farm-City Week during the commission meeting. Photo by Christa Jennings
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
During Wednesday morning’s County Commission meeting, Chair Bertha Kelley McElrath signed a proclamation for all Coosa County citizens to join in a statewide effort to bring awareness to all farmers and to recognize the impact farmers have on citizens’ everyday lives.
Following the commissioners’ swearing-in ceremony, during the meeting the commission unanimously approved and adopted the resolution presented by Revenue Commissioner Debra Lamberth.
In part, the proclamation reads, “For nearly 65 years, the American people have joined together during Thanksgiving week to observe Farm-City Week, a time set aside to express gratitude for the bounty with which God has blessed our land. Throughout the week, Americans recognize the hard work and achievements of the farmers, rural townspeople and city residents who make our nation’s agricultural production and distribution system so successful. This cooperation between rural and city dwellers for mutual benefit truly helps to ensure our country’s well being.”
The proclamation further reads, “America’s farmers have provided nutritious food and fiber to sustain our people through many decades of progress. Farmers’ productivity has increased steadily, thanks largely to their initiative in supporting and adopting science-based methods and materials. Because of this productivity, American farmers are able to meet the needs of our nation and a growing world.
“American agriculture, and the many service industries that depend upon it, is a story of extraordinary labor creating extraordinary abundance. The American farmer has an impact on every aspect of life, from big cities to small towns and all routes in between. At this time of year, it is only fitting that all Americans offer a special sign of thanks to those who grow, harvest and bring the fruits of sun, seed and soil to our nation’s tables.”
The resolution adopted by the county proclaims the week of November 18-24 as Alabama Farm-City Week and calls upon “all citizens of Coosa County to join with citizens across this great state in recognizing the accomplishments of our productive farmers, who work diligently to create abundance, wealth and strength for our state and nation.”
This year’s theme for Farm-City Week is “Sustaining for the Future,” which strikes the heart of every farmer.
As Lamberth explained, today’s farmers not only conserve natural resources, but also improve efficiency with updated technology which yields greater production as they also focus on running financially sound businesses.
“Sustaining for the Future” exemplifies the dedication that farmers have for generations to come. While the farmers or producers play the major role in supplying the necessities of life, there are many others who also contribute to everyone’s well being.
“Today a well-coordinated network of processors, truckers and retailers dedicate their lives in making sure we have an abundant and safe food supply,” Lamberth said. “So remember during this special time of Thanksgiving to thank the many men and women who are ‘Sustaining for our Future.’ Thank a farmer or those that are involved in the process of providing for our daily needs.”
For full coverage of the remainder of Wednesday’s County Commission meeting, see next week’s edition.