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Family Farms Remain Vital to Agriculture

In a survey, 79 percent of respondents who left a family farm report that they continue to work in agriculture.

The world recently focused on 500 million family farmers while observing World Food Day Oct. 16.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has recognized family farmers as central to solving global hunger and malnutrition….

The FAO also reports that family farms account for an average of 80 percent of all holdings, based on data from 93 countries, and are the main producers of locally consumed food.

“The world cannot do without the family farmer,” says Amy McMillen, FAO’s partnerships and outreach co-ordinator.

“It’s because of the family farmer that we eat a variety of healthy foods every day, and yet family farmers still make up the majority of poor and hungry people in the world. We must do more to incentivize, celebrate and exponentially improve the lives of family farmers to ensure all people have access to fresh, healthy food.”

The face of family farming in North America is dynamic.

A new survey of 75 North American family farmers, led by Humanitas Global in collaboration with the FAO and Food Tank, shows they remain committed to family farming, despite the challenges.

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Farmers in Essex County are making the most of the current stretch of unusually warm weather.

Many had been unable to harvest due to the cool and wet weather, according to Leo Guilbeault, a director with the Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Guilbeault says the forecast for the next few days is a welcome relief.

“We haven’t had too much nice weather up until now to get harvest going, with all the rain and cold weather we’ve been getting,” he said. “It hasn’t been conducive to harvesting soybeans. We need a stretch of five or six days in a row to dry off the fields a little bit and dry off the crop.”

Overall, the fall field work is behind schedule, according to the Grain Farmers of Ontario.

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