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Agriculture

Farmer's breakfast educates crowd

DIXON – Approximately 440 people enjoyed the Lee County Farm Bureau’s annual Farmer’s Share Breakfast.

They received a two-pancake and two-sausage breakfast with beverage for 50 cents March 8 at the Loveland Community House to celebrate National Agriculture Week.

The breakfast was designed to show consumers that a farmer receives, on average, only 50 cents from such a meal. The rest of the cost a consumer pays comes from labor, transportation, packaging, and other expenses.

According to Danelle Burrs, manager of the Lee County Farm Bureau, farmers have very little to do with the price consumers pay in the grocery store.

Farmers today produce more food on less land, and at a lower cost, according to the Farm Bureau. In 1940, one farmer produced enough food to feed about 18 people, but in 2012, the American farmer could feed 158 people.   

For more information, go to www.leecfb.org or contact the Farm Bureau at leecfb@comcast.net or 815-857-3531.

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