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In Honor of Our Farmers

March 13, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Dear Editor:

In honor of our farmers who provide the food and fiber that helps feed and clothe our nation we celebrate National Ag Week during the week of March IO-16th , 2019.

Ninety-Seven percent of farms are family owned and help provide one of the cheapest most abundant food supplies in the world.

Many of our everyday products from plastics, pop to penicillin are brought to you by a farmer right here in Palo Alto County.

Perhaps forgotten in all this is the economic contribution agriculture provides to our local economy.

According to the 2012 Census Data, in Palo Alto County agriculture and ag related industries provide 5,402 jobs or approximately 36.1 % of all employment.

This is $174 million back in wages in our county alone.

Next time you get your next meal, fuel up your car, or brush your teeth, think about that farmer that made it possible.

Nick Woods

Mallard, IA



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