Representative Richard Adams...
“Ohio Agriculture Week”
March 10, 2012
Most of the
time when we think about agriculture, we probably picture big machinery
through the fields and livestock grazing in the meadows stretched
farmland. But if we were to take a step back and look at agriculture
broader context, we could recognize and appreciate the important role
agriculture plays in all sectors of the economy.
does not operate in a vacuum, with various industries working
one another. Instead, many industries that we depend on to make our
easier are intertwined and dependent on each other. Agriculture might
of a hand in this cohesion than any other industry.
generating nearly $98 billion for our state’s economy each year and
in seven Ohioans, agriculture plays a major role in the employment of
individuals all over the state and country. Some people make a living
machinery or selling seed, fertilizers or pesticides—people who may
in the fields themselves, but who play an equally important role in the
of generating the food that feeds our families.
workers build barns, silos and grain bins for the storage of machinery
grain. Some truckers earn their living by transporting animals and crop
across the state or even across the country.
continues to evolve, and technology plays an increasingly significant
role in the
process of producing the crops that fill our dinner tables and help
need all over the world. I salute the farmers of this state, and
those in Miami and Darke counties, some of whom I have had the
meeting. The two counties include a combined 2,400 farms totaling
of farmland, according to 2010 statistics released by the United States
Department of Agriculture.
County ranks first among Ohio’s 88 counties in corn for grain,
than 20 million bushels each year, and it also ranks first for soybeans
more than 7 million bushels. Just those two crops alone generate more
million annually for the state’s economy. Miami County farmers generate
$74 million for the economy from corn and soybean yields each year, as
nearly $92 million in livestock commodities.
figures are impressive standing
alone, but are even more outstanding when one thinks about the effect
production has for Ohio’s economy as a whole. March 11th through the
“Ohio Agriculture Week,” a time when we recognize and celebrate the
and countless hours that our state’s farmers put in each year to help
on our tables. It is important to pay tribute to these hardworking men
women, not only for their contributions to the agriculture industry,
to the many other industries that benefit because of it.