National Ag Week

As another planting season rolls around, KAIT would like to recognize farmers and the agriculture industry of Region 8.  This week has been named National Ag Week.  Most Americans probably don’t know that, and unfortunately, many probably don’t care.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service less than 2% of theUS population currently farms.  Two percent!  And that 2 percent are responsible for feeding and clothing the rest of America . Thank God for that 2 percent.

For all of us who live in Northeast Arkansas or Southeast Missouri we see first had how farming and agribusinesses impact our country and the world. Farming has become big business and has a direct impact on the economy of this region. Our farmers are more technologically advanced than any others in the world. Through this technology and advanced education we now excel in crop production and protection, breeding programs and even food safety.  These advances result in higher crop yields and lower costs to the consumer.  In fact, US consumers spend roughly 9% of their income on food compared with 11 percent in the United Kingdom, 17 percent in Japan, and 53 percent in India.


Like everything else, farming is cyclical.  The last couple of years have been hard on farming and the supporting industries.  Fuel prices have made it hard for many producers to economically run their operations. They are working to help us eat and clothe our families economically, so let’s work to help them.  You have probably heard a lot in recent months about biofuels:  fuels made from renewable resources such as corn and oilseed crops like soybeans and cottonseed.  Several biofuel facilities are going in nationwide as well as in our region.  Talk to your legislators and ask them to support these biofuel programs.  Ask your local governments to run biofuel in government vehicles.  When you stop for gas, fill up with a fuel that says “ethanol blend” or “soydiesel”.  If we can help our farmers get these facilities up and running, we will help eliminate our need for foreign fuel, and the money that is being put into foreign oil can be kept here in America … and right here in Region 8.

When you go shopping… look for food and fiber products that say “Made in America”.  Again, the dollars you spend on these products will help our economy, nationally and locally.

So this week – National Ag Week - we ask you to join us as we say "Thank You" to all the farmers in Region 8. We are truly appreciative for you, your families and all you do for us.

May you have the right amount of rain, the right amount of sun and a very prosperous season this year.

Viewer Comments:

Darin of Trumann writes:

I am a rice, soybean, wheat and corn farmer fromPoinsett County.  I would just like to commend you on your effort to portray farmers and our situations.  We are experiencing extremely diffuclt times as are many other businesses these days.  Our main differences are the amount of energy we use and the lack of control, of the price of our products.  Our government is quick to use our commodities as a means of controlling a situation internationally, but can't seem to gain any control, or show any concern,  of our skyrocketing input costs.


I just want to THANK YOU!!, again for your comments and concern for not only American Agriculture, but more important Arkansas Agriculture.

James of Paragould writes:

I wish to thank you for your comments this evening about the American /Arkansas farmer.  I am an Agriculture Education teacher and realize all to well how little the general public understands about agriculture and the American farmer.  My hat is off to their willingness and ability to put it all on the line each and every year to produce for us the safest, cheapest, highest quality and most abundant food and fiber products in the world.  Arkansas should be very proud of it's agriculture industry and where it ranks among other states.  My hat is off to KAIT for bringing it to the attention of the public.  Keep it up!