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1141Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20020320Primary Sponsor: WaldrepAll Sponsors: Waldrep and GroomsDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\dka\4798dc02.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee 01 SANRSubject: National Agriculture Week, March 17-23, 2002; National Agriculture Day, March 20, 2002History Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020320 Introduced, referred to Committee 01 SANR Versions of This Bill
TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT AGRICULTURE PLAYS IN THE DAILY LIVES OF EVERY AMERICAN AND, IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE FUTURE PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY OF THE NATION'S ECONOMY AND FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF GREATER APPRECIATION OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS ACROSS THE NATION, PROCLAIM THE WEEK OF MARCH 17-23, 2002, AS NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK AND RECOGNIZE MARCH 20, 2002, AS NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Whereas, this great nation recognizes the contribution of men and women of agriculture; and
Whereas, we seek to promote an understanding of America's agricultural industry; and
Whereas, American agriculture helps feed the world, fuels our nation's economy, and is the largest positive contributor to our nation's net trade balance; and
Whereas, the United States exports about one-fifth of its agricultural production, with agricultural exports reaching $53 billion in 2001 and expected to rise in 2002, and each farming export dollar generates another $1.47 in support activities; and
Whereas, agricultural exports inject nearly $130 billion into the national economy and support jobs for three-quarters of a million Americans; and
Whereas, agriculture provides 24 million jobs throughout the farm and food industry, including farmers, farm workers, scientists, processors, shippers, and retailers; and
Whereas, the stewardship of America's farmers and ranchers ensures a sustainable resource base for future generations; and
Whereas, American farmers and ranchers uphold the rural character of the nation as they provide the most abundant and most affordable food and fiber supply in the world; and
Whereas, American agriculture builds on centuries of progress by constantly seeking advances in science, research, technology, production, and marketing to meet the demands of changing consumer needs and complex world markets; and
Whereas, a broad approach to agricultural education is vital to ensure that American agriculture continues to flourish; and
Whereas, the agricultural community engages tens of thousands of volunteers and organizations to help educate students about agriculture's preeminent role in modern-day America through agricultural literacy efforts. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, recognize the important role that agriculture plays in the daily lives of every American and, in acknowledgment of the future progress and prosperity of the nation's economy and for the advancement of greater appreciation of farmers and ranchers across the nation, proclaim the week of March 17-23, 2002, as National Agriculture Week and recognize March 20, 2002, as National Agriculture Day in South Carolina.
Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Honorable Ann M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America, Washington, D.C., and to the Honorable D. Leslie Tindal, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Columbia, South Carolina.
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