Attendees at the Farmers’ Luncheon.
                                 Photo by Catherine Shelley
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Celebrate farmers this week

ROCKINGHAM — “Farm” and “city” are not two words that usually find themselves in the same sentence. However, during Farm City Week, which occurs every year at this time, they merge together to recognize the farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who grow the food, fiber, and lumber and the urban industries and businesses that create and supply the products that are essential to our lives.

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Photo by Paige Burns Clark
                                Carrots being harvested.
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Thank you, farmer

The national celebration of “Farm City Week” takes place every November, traditionally beginning the Friday before Thanksgiving. The event began with a Joint Resolution by Congress in August 1957, in response to a proclamation by President Dwight Eisenhower to recognize the contributions farms make to both rural and urban communities. While communities all across the country recognize Farm City Week in many different ways, even at different times of the year, the goal is to focus appreciation and thanks for agriculture’s contribution to our way of life.

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Photo by Anthony Growe
                                Happy cows!
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Marketing calves: Getting more bang for your buck

Most cattle produced in North Carolina come from cow-calf farms. This means that cows are bred to have calves which are ultimately raised for sale. Just like any farming enterprise, when managing a cow-calf operation, making a profit is the only thing that will keep you in business and pay the bills. Even if it’s a hobby. How much profit a calf producer earns largely depends on their ability to market and sell their calves.

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