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National Farm-City Week Proclaimed for November 21-27
USAgNet - 11/12/2008

The people who grow America's plentiful food supply have a special place of honor during the National Farm-City Week, celebrated November 21-27. This week commemorates U.S. food producers and seeks to recognize their efforts among the nation's urban citizens.

The National Farm-City Week, recognized by a White House proclamation, is organized by the National Farm-City Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents. The Council provides local organizations with educational programs about people who grow their food.

"The National Farm-City Week is a time to remember the growers and ranchers -- and all within the food production chain -- who work to provide us with the food we have in this country and export throughout the world," says Al Pell, chairman of the National Farm-City Council. "While it's important to honor them throughout the year, it's especially appropriate to remember their efforts in this week leading up to Thanksgiving."

This effort is complemented by materials provided by the National Farm-City Council to county and state organizations that work on educational efforts. In recent years, the major focus of the programs and materials has been on consumer and classroom education. Student activity sheets, teacher packets, placemats and bookmarks are just a few of the materials the Council has created to support its mission.

In the past year, thousands of materials were used in classrooms, at Farm-City banquets, at civic club meetings and in other venues. Farm-City activities are grass roots in nature. Communities across the nation hold Farm-City events ranging from banquets to tours to job exchanges. The Council works closely with Agriculture in the Classroom programs in educating students and teachers about agriculture.

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