President Barack Obama has officially proclaimed this week as National Farm-City Week. This year's theme is, "Agriculture: A Growing Story". In the proclamation the President said the connection between rural industries and urban markets is stronger than ever, and Americans across the country are finding ways to participate in and celebrate the importance of agriculture and related industries.
American children are learning about the origins of our food and healthy food options by visiting farms, learning from hard-working farmers and ranchers, and trying their hand at agriculture through networks of school gardens and farm-to-school programs. Thanks to farmer's constant enterprise and innovation, rural communities are building new domestic and international markets for their high-quality food, fuel, and fiber products.
"While we gather with family and friends during this time of Thanksgiving, let us celebrate farms of every size that produce the abundance that graces our tables," Obama said. "During National Farm-City Week, as the bounty of agriculture moves from America's farms to our tables, we honor all who foster our healthier future."