Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, Thanksgiving is a special time to reflect on the bounty we enjoy, and this year is no exception. But as we gather with our family and friends, let us be reminded that the food for our holiday meal did not come just from a grocery store; that the cotton and wool in our holiday clothing came from a field and an animal grazing in a pasture. As Americans, we enjoy an abundant and safe food supply made available to us by farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, transporters, wholesalers and retailers. National Farm-City Week, Nov. 16-22, is designated to emphasize the successful partnerships between rural and urban residents who make our food and fiber system the envy of the world. The ongoing theme for the week is ‘Partners in Progress.’ We are all partners’farmers, ranchers, factory workers, truck drivers, supermarket cashiers, clothing store managers and consumers. The farm-city connection accounts for more than 22 million jobs in the American food and fiber industry. In order to continue to have a viable food and fiber system, we need all our partners to be strong. As we enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday this year, let us remember all of our ‘partners.’ It is fitting that we count among our blessings the vital farm-city partnerships that have done so much to improve the quality of our lives. Rural and urban communities working together have made the most of our rich agricultural resources, and they continue to contribute to the health and well-being of our people and to the strength of our economy. National Farm-City Week provides all Americans with the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ RUTH ANN LEMMERBROCK First Vice President, Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association Auxiliary Harper, Tex.

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