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November 26, 2012

State agriculture official speaks at Farm-City Night

Monday, November 26, 2012 —  

If you like to eat, you have a stake in agriculture.That was the message brought by N.C.Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Richard Reich last week as guest speaker at Farm-City Night.

The Asheboro Kiwanis Club annually invites the county agricultural community to the event, which recognizes the connection between farmers and the society at large. This year Farm-City Night was held at Pinewood Country Club.

"We're here to recognize our interdependence upon one another," said Reich. "Farm-City gives the farm community the opportunity to get together with the city community. If you like to eat, you're a part of agriculture."

Reich noted that the growing trend toward buying locally has a positive impact on farmers as well as consumers.

"If the food is local and fresh, it's higher quality and tastes good," he said. "People are realizing that. It's great to see people growing their own food." Once they find out how difficult it is, they'll have a greater appreciation of farmers, he added.

One challenge in North Carolina is that the average age of farmers is going up. In Randolph County, Reich said, the average farmer is 56.5 years years.If you like to eat, you have a stake in agriculture.That was the message brought by N.C. Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Richard Reich last week as guest speaker at Farm-City Night.

The Asheboro Kiwanis Club annually invites the county agricultural community to the event, which recognizes the connection between farmers and the society at large. This year Farm-City Night was held at Pinewood Country Club.

"We're here to recognize our interdependence upon one another," said Reich. "Farm-City gives the farm community the opportunity to get together with the city community. If you like to eat, you're a part of agriculture."

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