In recognition of National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the abundance of food, feed and fuel that American farmers provide to the world, Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:
“American farmers are to be admired. They are stewards of the land who ensure sustainability for future generations. They are innovative, dedicated and produce an abundance of food and fuel for our nation and the world. American farmers are the backbone of our nation. Their hard work and efficiency help to bolster rural economies while growing our nation’s economy, providing economic security for all. It takes a lot to get food from the farm to the table and we all have America’s farmers and ranchers to thank for it.
“Furthermore, American agriculture is at the forefront of biofuel development. Farmers are helping produce homegrown, sustainable biofuels that are cleaning the air we breathe, reducing harmful toxic emissions and providing a 21st century fuel for 21st century vehicles. These innovators are decreasing our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and foreign oil imports, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs that cannot be outsourced. The fuels they produce also provide consumers with a choice and savings at the pump.
“American consumers pay less per capita than any other country for food. Our grocery stores are well stocked and American agriculture is the envy of the world. Agriculture creates economic security for our rural communities and has allowed hardworking Americans to secure a place in the middle class. As we celebrate National Ag Day, Americans nationwide should be proud to acknowledge the many contributions agriculture has made to society and the leading role farming communities play in our country’s economy.”