Keeping agriculture alive

By Brandi Bailey

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Too seldom do people consider from where their food actually comes -- beyond the grocery, according to members of the Chenango County Farm Bureau.

Wednesday's Agricultural Recognition Day attempts to change that.

The goal is to draw attention to farmers and their constant struggle to survive.

The President of the Chenango County Farm Bureau says it's inconsistent and unfair when the U.S. bails out banks and large industry from financial ruin, but allows the people who produce the nation's food to suffer.

"The reality is that once a farm is sold and subdivided, that's period, end of sentence for agriculture and will not produce food on that property again," said Brad Vickers, president of the Chenango County Farm Bureau. "Unlike any other industry you can go down the road and build a warehouse and start producing food."

Each American farmer feeds nearly 155 people in the U.S., Vickers said. In order to continue that for 50 more years, farmers would have to produce more food than they have the past 10,000 years.