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.