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Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 226/Wednesday, November 24, 2010/Presidential Documents 71523
Proclamation 8605 of November 19, 2010
National Farm-City Week, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
America's farms have long been vital to our Nation. They contribute to
our public health, safeguard our environmental resources, and stand at the
forefront of our country's path toward energy independence. We must con-
tinue supporting the vital relationship between American farms and families,
and work to ensure that farming remains an economically, socially, and
environmentally sustainable way of life for future generations. During Na-
tional Farm-City Week, we recognize the myriad contributions our Nation's
farmers and ranchers make toward furthering the health and well-being
of our country.
The connection between rural industries and urban markets is stronger than
ever, and Americans across the country are finding ways to participate
in and celebrate the importance of agriculture and related industries. Rising
interest in local and regional food highlights farmers' contributions in con-
necting urban, suburban, and rural areas. American children are learning
about the origins of our food and healthy food options by visiting farms,
learning from hard-working farmers and ranchers, and trying their hand
at agriculture through networks of school gardens and farm-to-school pro-
grams. Thanks to their constant enterprise and innovation, rural communities
are building new domestic and international markets for their high-quality
food, fuel, and fiber products. As our agricultural industries continue to
feed individuals at home and around the globe, we must help ensure robust
and vibrant rural communities to support them.
For agriculture to thrive, we must remain committed to protecting our valu-
able natural resources and diverse ecosystems. In April, I launched the
America's Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a 21st-century conservation
agenda that will reconnect Americans with the outdoors and protect our
Nation's vast and varied natural heritage. Senior officials throughout my
Administration have travelled across the country to farms, State fairs, and
community meetings to learn about innovative ways farmers, ranchers, tribes,
conservationists, and concerned citizens are working together to preserve
our rich agricultural legacy.
While we gather with family and friends during this time of Thanksgiving,
let us celebrate farms of every size that produce the abundance that graces
our tables. During National Farm-City Week, as the bounty of agriculture
moves from America's farms to our tables, we honor all who foster our
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 19 through
November 25, 2010, as National Farm-City Week. I call on all Americans
to reflect on the accomplishments of those who dedicate their lives to
promoting our Nation's agricultural abundance and environmental steward-
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