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Letter to the Editor: February 18, 2012

Celebrate Farm Check-Out Week

Stevens County Farm Bureau is proud to celebrate Food Check-Out Week during the week of Feb. 19 to 25. Now in its fourteenth year, Food Check-Out Week highlights America's abundant food supply, made possible largely by America's productive farmers. Farm and ranch families comprise less than two percent of the U.S. population. Yet each farmer on average produces enough food and fiber for 154 people in the U.S. and abroad. On average farmers receive only 16 percent of the retail dollar.

Farm Bureau is also devoted to helping teach Americans how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. Despite rising retail food prices, the cost of eating healthy hasn't changed as much as some less-healthy alternatives. According to the USDA's Economic Research Service, American families and individuals spend, on average, less than 10 percent of their disposable personal income for food. In contrast Indonesians spend 43 percent, Chinese spend 33 percent and Italians spend 14 percent.

U.S. farm families are also amazing stewards of their resources. We do all we can to preserve our soil and prevent erosion by wind and water. After all, healthy fertile soil is essential to each farm's productivity. And a healthy environment is important to all of us. Farm families also understand the importance of raising healthy livestock and provide the best care possible.

For more information on Food Check-Out Week, contact your county Farm Bureau office or log onto

Stevens Co. Farm Bureau

Guy Koehl, President;

Dennis Wulf, Vice President;

Deb Koehntop, Secretary;

Virene Luthi, Treasurer;

Andy Aanerud; Anthony Ekren;

Steve Fults; Loren Woodke;

Barry Nelson; and Tom Schneider