October 19, 2002
Contact: Burt Rutherford
TCFA Recognizes Community Partnerships In
Cattle Feeding Country
"Not only are the dollars we generate very significant in keeping
our economy strong, but the many, many people who work with and for
feedyards help make a strong contribution to keeping our communities
"Not only are the dollars we generate very significant in keeping our economy strong, but the many, many people who work with and for feedyards help make a strong contribution to keeping our communities strong."
And that, said Scott Keeling of
TCFA recognized the community partnerships in Cattle Feeding
Country during its 35th Anniversary Convention, Oct. 19 in
Joining Keeling in
recognizing the community and county leaders were Bob Josserand of
According to Josserand, the contribution of agriculture to the area
economy is immense--$6.32 billion in economic activity and an estimated
46,875 jobs. "This area is
called Cattle Feeding Country for a very good reason," Josserand told
the area leaders. The TCFA
put that in perspective. If
you lined up those 7.2 million fed cattle, you would have a line of cattle
12,264 miles long. That's
the equivalent of driving from
McNeill agreed that agriculture and livestock play a big role in the area's economy. Taking data from the 1997 Census of Agriculture, McNeill looked at ag production statistics for the 23 counties represented by the area leaders in attendance. "If you look at the total impact these counties have on the economy, the value of ag products totaled $4.4 billion. Livestock totaled nearly $3.6 billion-80% of the total market value of agricultural production."
But that's just part of the picture, he said.
"If you total the grain production from these counties, you have
enough grain to fill more than 54,000 rail cars.
If you lined up all those cars, they would stretch from here to
The amount of money that agriculture generates for the region is
staggering, McNeill said. "But
that's just part of it. I'm
very proud of the jobs that are produced and the many good, hard-working
people who are part of their communities and who help make the quality of
life in our region second to none. That's
the real contribution that agriculture makes and that's what we're her
to celebrate today."