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Thank You, America’s Farmers

FARMERS RECEIVE THANKS THROUGH YOUTUBE VIDEO

An online video gives famers the thanks they deserve

America’s Farmers, a program through Monsanto produced and recently released a video, giving farmers the thanks they deserve. Consumers on the streets of New York City, New York, learned facts about today’s farmers, and had a chance to share their appreciation on film.

Thank You, America’s Farmers has received 20,135 YouTube views since America’s Farmers, a program through Monsanto, released it on November 19, 2010. Hitting the urban streets of New York City, consumers were caught on film learning common facts about today’s farmers. They then had the chance to say thank you to those who produce the food they put on their table.

Photo by Brittany Jurgemeyer: Poultry producer Holden Nyhus of Forest City, IA holds an egg laying chickens in his coop. Nyhus cares for his chickens by mimcing the natural environment of which they naturally live.

Many consumers are separated from the food they eat; some may not even know it comes from farmers. This video is one of many that programs in the agriculture industry have put on social media sites such as YouTube.

“I’ve encountered rural students who don’t know what simple farming practices entail,” says Holden Nyhus, an Agricultural and Life Sciences Education major at Iowa State University. “Since agriculture impacts our everyday lives, shouldn’t we all become educated about it?”

Farmers and the agriculture industry are certainly something we encounter every day, whether it’s putting ethanol in our cars, eating a ham sandwich, or taking a shower, agriculture products are all around us. If we didn’t have agriculture, we would go without all of these products. Many people have become disconnected from food production and agriculture in general. These separations have led to firms such as Monsanto to produce videos such as Thank You, America’s Farmers, and to create programs such as the United States Department of Agricultures’ “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.”

Farmers are one of the vital aspects to food production. Thanksgiving is a time where many American’s give thanks, as farmers are an important part of the food that is put on tables everyday, giving thanks to America’s farmers may be such a bad idea at all.

Facts

  • The average farmer feeds 155 people.
  • Today’s farmer grows twice as much food as their parents did, using fewer resources.
  • Farmers and Ranchers provide habitat for 75% of the nation’s wildlife.

For more facts about farmers please visit the American Farmer fact sheet.

About

The 5 W’s of Food Production is an online blog and resource devoted to helping consumers understand where the food they eat comes from, and how the agriculture industry affects their everyday lives.

To learn more about The 5 W’s of Food Production, please visit our about section.

Multimedia

To view the Thank You, America’s Farmers video click here.

To see a diversified group of Iowa farmers, view this video.

Links

If you’re interested in learning why we should become educated about food production and agriculture, please visit the Opinion Section of our blog. Also for more information on the Who, What, When, Where, and Why’s of food production, please click here.

*This is a social media release which is formatted differently than a regular news release.

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