Local farmers and ranchers from across Florida will come together to celebrate the 41st annual National Ag Week. This series of events, hosted by Farm Credit of Florida, serves as a time to say “thank you” for the hard work it takes to provide food, fiber and fuel for all Americans.
West Palm Beach, Florida, March 26, 2014- (PressReleasePoint) - Local farmers and ranchers from across Florida will come together to celebrate the 41st annual National Ag Week. This series of events, hosted by Farm Credit of Florida, serves as a time to say “thank you” for the hard work it takes to provide food, fiber and fuel for all Americans. Agriculture is America’s #1 export and in Florida alone represents $130 BILLION dollars in revenue along with nearly 2 million jobs. Today’s farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds more than 144 people which is one reason why it's important - particularly during this special week - to show our gratitude to the many men and women who make agriculture possible.
Florida’s farmers produce 280 different commodities and are the nation’s top producer of citrus, sugar cane, winter vegetables, ornamental plants and sod. Agriculture consistently ranks second in the state only to tourism in supporting Florida’s economy.
Farm Credit of Florida will host the following free lunch events to show appreciation for those who work tirelessly for agriculture in the state: Monday, March 24th: Ocala Livestock Stockyard Tuesday, March 25th: Okeechobee Livestock Market Wednesday, March 26th: Everglades Farm Equipment Thursday, March 27th: St. Johns County Equestrian Center Friday, March 28th: D&S Cattle Company Friday, March 28th: Hillandale Quality Feed Store
National Ag Week marks a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.
ABOUT FARM CREDIT OF FLORIDA
Farm Credit of Florida’s $829 million portfolio includes many of Florida’s leading agribusiness owners. Headquartered in Royal Palm Beach, the cooperative has offices in Alachua, Arcadia, Homestead, Live Oak, Ocala, Okeechobee, Palatka, West Palm Beach, Trenton, Vero Beach, and Wauchula.