Join Us! Franklin County’s Virtual Farm-City Week Experience

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Connecting the Farm Gate to the Consumer Plate

The week before Thanksgiving, National Farm-City Week recognizes the contributions farmers make to both rural and urban centers.

Long before the founding of the United States, farms and ranches have been an essential part of civilization. Generations of farms continue to provide economic, environmental, health benefits to a developing country.

Organizations across the country will recognize farmers and ranchers with educational forums, social media campaigns, and local events. Their contributions supplement the economy with jobs while providing bountiful crops to feed our population. From the crops and livestock we eat to textiles, farmers fill demands in nearly every sector of the country.

Farmers also benefit from urban centers. Distributors, restaurants, grocers, producers, and more provide expanded utilization of the farm product. Whether they provide food, medicines, or textiles to consumers, they have an economic impact in their city and the rural communities, too.

This year Farm-City Week in Franklin County will be celebrated a little different due to the pandemic. Instead of meeting in person to celebrate Farm-City Week and recognizing those individuals who have made great contributions to Agriculture over the years, we will be providing videos from a selection of speakers for your watching pleasure. We encourage you to take time to listen to these short videos to learn more about Agriculture in North Carolina and what it means in our daily lives. Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina at $92.7 billion.

Below you will find three videos from influential individuals within Agriculture in North Carolina.

Farm-City Week 2020

Shawn Harding – N.C. Farm Bureau President, N.C. Farm Bureau, Our Shared Values (3:54). Discover the shared values between urban and rural citizens, as we explore that which binds us as North Carolinians and celebrate the importance of agriculture in all of our lives.

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Steve Troxler, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Power and Resilience of North Carolina Agriculture (4:11).
Commissioner Troxler discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our agriculture industry and businesses while highlighting the importance of agriculture to the state’s long-term well-being. We’ve suffered through some difficult times, but brighter days are ahead for North Carolina agriculture as we celebrate the farmers who feed our families, communities and the world.

video thumbnail STEVE TROXLER, Commissioner, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Power and Resilience of North Carolina Agriculture

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Richard Linton, Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Rich Bonanno, State Director, N.C. Cooperative Extension, The Dynamic Future of Our Pack (31:10). While the future poses stark challenges for agriculture, food, and the environment, CALS transforms those challenges into opportunities that benefit everyone. Our college and Extension leadership highlight the value of North Carolina agriculture and provide an update on key efforts to grow the industry and support our farmers.

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We have also provided links to other various videos that may educate you and others about Agriculture in North Carolina.

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NC State Extension – 2020 Annual Impact >>

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How Milk is Transported >>

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Milk Safety and the North Carolina Dairy Industry >>

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How North Carolina Chickens Get to Market >>

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Cotton: The Fabric of Our State >>

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Turning North Carolina Wheat into Flour >>

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For further educational videos visit Homegrown >>