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Annual Farmers Share Breakfast set for March 23
March is National Nutrition Month and is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
March is also home to the National Ag Day and Ag Week Celebrations. This a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture. As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States. The National Ag Day program believes that every American should: understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.
The Morrow County Farm Bureau has decided to help promote good nutrition while also celebrating American agriculture. The Annual Morrow County Farm Bureau’s Farmer’s Share Breakfast will be on Saturday, March 23. 2013 at the High School in Cardington. $1 will buy a complete breakfast of pancakes with maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages. If you would like to help the area food pantries, you can bring non-perishable items. Many local Farm Bureaus are reaching out to consumers in their communities during the month of March, which is also a by offering information and cost-saving tips on putting nutritious meals on the table.
“Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bioproducts, said Brad Snow, a local farmer and the organizer of the Annual Morrow County Farm Bureau’s Farmer’s Share Breakfast.
“As today’s tough economic times continue, public health experts remain concerned that consumers may resort to buying less-nutritious foods that lack essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients.
“Tips for better nutrition on a stretched budget, making sense of food labels and understanding USDA’s MyPyramid, and the new MyPlate are among the topics Farm Bureau members plan to talk about with consumers, at supermarket demonstration stations and other venues,” said Snow.
A few generations ago, most Americans were directly involved in—or had relatives or friends involved in— agricultural-related endeavors. Today, that is no longer the case, but “America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to producing safe, healthy food, but do share with consumers many of the same concerns about putting nutritious meals on the table on a tight budget.”