Food Check Out Week

By: Daniel T. Gotera Email
By: Daniel T. Gotera Email

FANNIN CO., TX -- One group has been hit especially hard this year because of weather: farmers. Despite their hardships, 2008 looks promising. This week, farm bureaus around the country are celebrating the work farmers do in helping feed the nation.

The last time we saw Arthur Chaney, he was like the hundreds of farmers across North Texas trying to get over the floods of 2007, saying it was one of the worst crops he had ever had. Six months later, he's looking to move on.

Now on his 38th crop, Chaney says he lost an estimated $400,000 because his wheat crop was completely ruined. Officials say you add up the numbers and the total damage done could be in the millions.

"Had the biggest crop we ever made and then we lost it all and the price went up real high and that just compounded the loss which you know we wanted a good price, but we didn’t have anything to sell."

Luckily, Chaney says this year’s wheat crop looks very promising.

With this being ‘food-check out week’ it seems fitting to honor the work of the farmer.

"[We want to] celebrate the bounty that comes from farms and ranches especially here in Texas and we want to share that bounty with our city brothers and sisters," says David Hambree, vice president of the Fannin County Farm Bureau.

He says food check out week celebrates the abundance and affordability of food across the country. It takes just five weeks for most Americans to earn enough money to pay for their food supply for the entire year.

"Americas food is safe affordable and abundant and to give you an example when you go to the grocery store, you never think about something not being there that you need to buy," Hambree says.

This week, the Farm Bureau plans to honor the work of farmers to keep that food supply safe. On Thursday they plan to cook-out in front of the Fannin County courthouse selling hamburgers for 44 cents.

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  • by terri Location: texas on Feb 4, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    TO FARMERS DAUGHTER,you are so right.god bless all farmers,they work so so hard,farmers are the backbone of america,I am so glad for your comment it did open my eyes,to all farmers THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK
  • by Jess on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    Hats off to the American Farmers. We are so worried about other countries that the government doesn't take care of our own. We are going to be in a world of hurt if the government doesn't start taking care of the people of America first.
  • by farmers daughter Location: oklahoma on Feb 3, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    its about time that someone thanked the farmer. no one ever stops and thinks what these people go thru when the weather doesn't cooperate with them, it's heart breaking to stand and watch a hail storm or drought or even a flood ruin all the hard work and the money that is put into raising crops. have you ever stopped and thought about that steak that you sit down to eat as to how it gets to you. farmers are the back bone of america and with out them you would not have food on the table and clothers on your back. so maybe the next time you see a farmer you should stop and thank them for they are what keeps you going. the american farms are slowing going under and if someone doesn't start helping them out then where will this country be. so the next time you say a prayer say one for the farmers. i do because i am proud to be a framers daughter and wouldn't trade it for an other life.
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