It’s Official: Time to Thank a Farmer!

The Mayoral Proclamation has been signed, sealed and delivered: Feb. 8-14, 2015 is THANK A FARMER WEEK in Cape Girardeau. Read more about the Missouri Farm Bureau promotion on their website.

City-Council-Feb2-2015 (7)Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau President Dale Steffens (right) and Vice President Shirley Aufdenberg (left) accepting the proclamation from Mayor Pro Tem Mark Lanzotti. Dale also worked for the City of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department Solid Waste Division from 1996 until 2003. Thank your Dale and Shirley for your hard work!


So how do you thank a farmer if you don’t know one?


Proclamation from Feb. 2, 2015 City Council Meeting

Whereas, Farming and ranching play a vital role in our environment and economy. In recognition of the efforts of farmers, the Missouri Farm Bureau started a week-long promotion to help people connect the importance of agriculture to individuals and the local, statewide and global economy; and

Whereas, the Missouri Farm Bureau has declared February 8-14, 2015 “Thank a Farmer Week;and

Whereas, farmers today grow more food while using fewer resources than ever. With our changing marketplace, farmers provide an increasing variety of food items to meet consumer demand. Thanks to technology and efficiencies in agriculture, one U.S. farmer today can provide food and fiber for 154 people; and

Whereas, Farm families make up about two percent of the U.S. population, yet they provide for themselves and the other ninety eight percent of the population; and

Whereas, While agriculture is the economic engine in counties across the state, Missouri ranks 2nd in number of farms in the United States; and

Whereas, farmers provide an abundant food supply that is affordable and healthy. American families and individuals spend an average of 10 percent of their disposable personal income on food. Other countries spend a much larger percentage; and

Whereas, agriculture is an important part of Missouri’s economy. Farm businesses give back to the community in many ways while they produce food for the world. Today’s farmer is involved in technological advances which have enabled the farmer to provide the safest, most affordable, nutritious, and abundant food supply of any nation in the world; and

Whereas, The United Nations estimates the world population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050 and will require farmers to provide more food than ever; and

Whereas, Thanks to the efforts of farmers and ranchers in the United States, we not only enjoy an abundant supply of food and fiber, but are able to share out of that abundance and promote energy security, sustain rural communities, preserve open space and wildlife habitat, and protect the environment as well.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Mark Lanzotti, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby proclaim February 8th through 14th, 2015 as

Thank a Farmer Week in the City and encourage all citizens to join us as we pause to “Thank Farmers for a job well done”.

In Witness Whereof   I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 2nd day of February A.D., 2015.