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House | February 12, 2013 | Committee Room | Agriculture

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?? to economic recovery and acknowledging the critical role farmers play and maintain our national security. This issue should be a high priority. In the words of Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Wesley Clark, “If we cannot feed, fuel, and clothes ourselves, then we cannot defend ourselves.” The American urban sprawl is destroying our nation’s farmland at a rate that puts the future of our food security at risk. A shocking 78% of vegetables and 67% of our dairy products are produced in areas threatened by development. What happens when we pave over our last farm? What happens when food goes the way of oil, and Americans on reliant of another set of foreign imports? What happens when the thin, green line becomes thinner? There are no alternatives to food. We either have it or we don’t. America has been blessed with rich, fertile land that can produce enough food for our population and millions of our foreign neighbors. Many countries have problems with drought, flooding, and lack of fertile soil. We’re very fortunate to have favorable weather conditions, fertile soil, and technology that help prevent the crops from drowning. We should not take our resources for granted. In this country, we have more goods and resources than we need. If we’re out of bread in the pantry, we can go to the grocery store. With the help of modern technology, our farmers produce enough food for the global population of 7 billion. Modern agriculture is so efficient that just one American farmer feeds 155 people. Because of rapid population growth, this same farmer will need to feed 250 people by the year 2050. Even though the population keeps increasing, it also shifts. In the Industrial Revolution, we saw more people moving from farms into big cities. But now we see people moving into suburbs and developments built on top of prime farmland that creates a disconnection between the crops farmers grow and the food we eat. In other words, most Americans do not see beyond the grocery store shelves. They do not realize the work and the time that it takes someone to grow the crops in order for the food to be in the grocery store. We need to be appreciative of our farmers and support what they do to keep this country running. In the last three years, the production of agriculture has been one of the economy’s few bright spots while the rest of the economy has been struggling. In the past 30 years, Congress has been taking steps to ensure that America’s farmers are never in the position of seeing farms disappear while population grows. Recently, however, farmers and ranchers have lost $15 billion in farming in the name of deficit reduction. We cannot let our farms disappear due to political pressure and budget cuts. Our farmers support our country and we need to support them. As stated in the FFA Creed by EM Tiffany, “I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life.” We must stand up and protect the thin, green line of the American farmers who will meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s citizens. Farming was and still is the backbone of our country. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Waddell will make the presentation, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think she did an outstanding job. And we all talk about uniforms in high school? This is the kind of uniform I like to see. I was going to ask Representative Horn if he had anything that he’d like to say [AUDIO FADES OUT] [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? allow me a point of personal privilege to give this certificate, I did not have a chance to give it at the FFA gathering that they had over at the Sheraton. But I did want to do this, and what it says is, a certificate of acknowledgement and ??

I'm going to read it, so it will be read into the record. Where as Olivia Ann Watson has been a member of the South Columbus Future Farmers of America Organization for three years, and where as Olivia Ann Watson has served as a three rivers federation parliament carrion and prop vice president, and where as Olivia Ann Watson has won first place in the North Carolina FFA public prepared public speaking contest and now therefore this 12th day of February, in the year two thousand and thirteen, I give and extend in sincere congratulations to Olivia Watson on the occasion for her being awarded a bronze emblem in the National FFA prepared public speaking career development event and signed by the speaker and myself. And once again I thank you for your attention. [Speaker Changes] I thank you for allowing the young lady to speak to us and we of course do not have any business today, so we thank you for your attendance and we adjourn.