Roger Thomas, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, presented a gubernatorial proclamation on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear declaring Nov. 21-27 as Farm-City Week in Kentucky at the 2008 Farm City Luncheon held in Louisville.
The luncheon was held in conjunction with the world’s largest, purebred livestock exposition, Louisville’s own North American International Livestock Exposition.
“Kentucky has a rich heritage of agricultural prosperity, innovation and excellence,” Beshear said. “Both urban and rural communities depend on Kentucky farmers for a safe, abundant and affordable supply of food; therefore it is important that all citizens of the commonwealth recognize the many accomplishments of our farm families and their contributions to our economy.”
Farm-City Week 2008 will commemorate Kentucky farmers, food producers, processors, transporter, retailers, distributors and food service providers that move agriculture products to consumers across the commonwealth and around the world.
Agriculture accounts for approximately one-third of Kentucky’s economy, with farm-gate receipts topping four billion dollars over the past two years.
Kentucky Farm-City Week coincides with National Farm-City Week, which is recognized by a White House proclamation, and is organized by the National Farm-City Council. The National Farm-City Council, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents. For more information on National Farm City Week visit www.farmcity.org/.