Martin County Farm Bureau supports the 4-H/FFA youth at the county livestock
shows with donations to the Martin County Championship Club and Martin
County Pullet Association. We also contribute to Drug-Free Prom Night.
and ranchers are the most productive in the
which creates affordable prices at the marketplace for American consumers.
As a result, the Martin County Farm Bureau celebrated Feb. 6 as Food Check-Out
Day. On average, American families spend approximately 10 percent of their
income for food. Applying the 10 percent statistic to the calendar year
shows the average household will have earned enough income for its annual
food supply in just 37
days. The positive message is glaringly visible when you consider Tax Freedom
Day is not celebrated until April 27nearly three months later, to
commemorate when the average household
will earn enough money to pay for local, federal, and state taxes.
find it amazing the American people can pay their yearly food supply nearly
three months earlier than it would take them to satisfy their tax burden,
board member Mike Payne said. Not only is Americas food supply
the worlds safest, but its
also the most affordable.
to modern farming techniques such as biotechnology, global positioning satellites
and conservation tillage, Americas farmers and ranchers are producing
more food on fewer acres. However, farmers and ranchers only receive 19
cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The
rest goes for costs beyond the gate: wages and materials for production,
processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In contrast, Americas
farmers and ranchers
received 31 cents in 1980.
hopes Americans will come to understand that the high-quality, affordable
food they enjoy is a product of our successful food production and
distribution system, as well as Americas farmers retaining access
to effective and affordable crop protection tools.
Feb. 6 as Food Check-Out Day, the Martin County Farm Bureau
donated $100 worth of food to the Martin County Community Fund Food Pantry
in Stanton. Joining them in celebrating Food Check-Out Day was Lawrence
Bros. IGA. Manager Tommy Dennis generously matched Farm Bureaus donation.
The Food Pantry provides food for families in financial need.
day should hold meaning for most Americans, Payne said. As food
producers, we are concerned that some Americans cannot afford to buy the
food they need, but we are proud of the role our farmers play in making
our food supply more affordable for all.
Manager Carl Dean Carson, Lawrence Bros. manager Tommy Dennis, FB board
president Scott Glaze, and Mike Payne, FB chairman for Food Check-Out Day,
show the county's participation through donations of over $200 worth of
to the local food bank
County Community Fund Food Pantry was the recipient the groceries. Pictured
(left, back) Bob Deavenport, volunteer for Martin County Food Pantry; front
(left to right): Liza Rivas, volunteer, Mike Payne, Scott Glaze, and Robert
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