OKLAHOMA – October 12 is National Farmer’s Day, and OKFB Insurance is sharing how the agricultural industry impacts Oklahoma and how to support local farmers this harvest season.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agriculture industry contributes over $1 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and provides more than 19 million jobs, while farmers make up only 2% of the population.
“OKFB knows that a farm is more than just land or equipment. It’s a complex operation representing a lifelong investment,” said Gary Buckner, executive vice president and general manager of OKFB Insurance. “We are the number one writer of farm and ranch policies in the state because we are farmers and neighbors of farmers. The hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation, from putting food in grocery stores and on tables to acting as the backbone of communities and economies, is unmatched. At OKFB, every day is National Farmer’s Day.”
Celebrate National Farmer’s Day by learning how the impacts of the agricultural industry extend into the daily lives of people in both rural and urban communities. The agricultural industry produces food and fabrics, meaning families depend on agricultural workers to feed and clothe their loved ones. Farmers raise livestock and grow both traditional and medicinal crops for pharmaceuticals, such as sage and yarrow, that people rely on to stay healthy and well-fed.
The agricultural industry also benefits the energy sector. Ethanol, a corn-derived oil in gas, is a renewable energy resource that can improve public health, provide jobs and decrease emissions. From the manufacturing of textiles and leather to food and drink at restaurants and grocery stores to transportation and forestry, farmers contribute in significant local and national ways that improve economies and communities.
Recognize local farmers through direct-to-consumer farming. Buying produce from a local farmer’s market allows farmers to interact directly with consumers, and the community can learn firsthand where their food comes from. Not only do farmer’s markets provide buyers with fresher produce, they also benefit farmers by giving them more control over the price of their products and profit margins. Similarly, using resources like Oklahoma Agritourism to explore trails, tastings, field trips and local farms can create an educational and entertaining opportunity for the whole family.
Supporting farmers without going to their markets or farms is possible too. Eating seasonal food, spreading the word about farmers’ events and requesting local products at local institutions benefit farmers nearby while fueling the local economy. Hospitals, schools, grocery stores, food banks, and local governments have a high demand for food and can be perfect recipients of local farmers’ products.
OKFB Insurance is by the farmers’ side through it all. We know the land, the job and the equipment and can help protect the livelihood of local farms and ranches. Talk to your local OKFB agent today and visit OKFB Insurance for more information on our policies.
About Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance
Since 1946, OKFB Insurance has worked to protect Oklahomans from the risks they face every day, whether it be home, auto, life, commercial or farm & ranch. With agents in all 77 counties, we are ready to serve our neighbors at a moment’s notice and are committed to helping our 140,000+ member families to insure their future. To learn more, visit http://okfbinsurance.com.