FARMER'S CONSUMER AWARENESS DAY-SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
Occurring on the second Saturday of September every year, this holiday aims to give the public a view into the lives and work of farmers and has a national appeal even though it is hosted in Quincy. This holiday offers lovely insight into agriculture through various fun activities, such as parades, fun runs, entertainment, exhibitions, farm equipment displays, art and talent shows, and tours of farming areas.
FARMER'S CONSUMER AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
It began when Paul Harvey in 181 was recounting an occurrence on the radio about a woman who confronted the grocer about the seemingly high cost of food items yet was unable to understand the great job done by farmers since she knew nothing about farming. That day, Dennis Higashiyama, a Quincy farmer, was listening and took action immediately, realizing the disconnect between consumers and farmers and most consumers not knowing where their food comes from and the work that goes into farming. Dennis Higashiyama founded Farmer's Consumer Awareness Day to bring the farmer closer to the public.
Apart from being successful in bringing together people to celebrate the importance of farmers, it's also a fun holiday, and several activities are performed during the holiday.
FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FARMING
- There are millions of farmlands in the U.S. There are an estimated two million farms in the U.S. alone.
- The importance of family farms accounts for more than 50% of farm produce.
- One U.S. farmer for more than 150 people. A single farmer can feed more than 150 people.
- Top three food suppliers. The U.S. is the third-highest food supplier in the whole world.
- More farmers are needed. As the world population grows, so does the need for more farmers.
FIVE FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FARMING
The United States has over 2 million farms.
Over 50% of farm produce comes from family farms.
One farmer in the United States can feed more than 150 people.
Globally, the U.S. is the third-highest food supplier.
With the growing population, more farmers are needed to satisfy the increasing demand for food.