COMMISSIONER STAPLES SALUTES FARMERS, RANCHERS DURING NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK, MARCH 17-23
Agriculture industry brings in more than $100 billion to Texas economy
AUSTIN — Recognizing farmers and ranchers play a critical role in nourishing today’s population as well as future generations, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is encouraging Texans to join him in celebrating National Agriculture Week, March 17-23, and National Agriculture Day on March 19. This year’s National Ag Week theme is “Generations Nourishing Generations.”
“Agriculture is critical to the life of every Texan,” Commissioner Staples said. “Each American farmer raises enough food each year to feed 155 people. Today’s farmers and ranchers are more productive and efficient than ever before, but as our population grows there will be an even greater demand for food. To ensure a safe and affordable food supply it is important we support the agriculture industry.”
Agriculture contributes more than $100 billion to the Texas economy each year and supports about 1.8 million agriculture-related jobs, ranging from journalism and advertising to commodity trading.
“More than just food and clothing, agriculture contributes to our homes, health, lifestyle and the prosperity of this country,” Commissioner Staples said. “I ask all Texans to take time, especially during National Ag Week, to celebrate and thank our farmers and ranchers for their hard work, and for making Texas a powerhouse of agricultural productivity.”
To learn more about Texas farmers and ranchers, and the everyday ways in which they improve our lives, visit our Agriculture is Your Culture page at TexasAgriculture.gov/culture.
For more on National Agriculture Week click here.
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