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Date(s) - 03/19/2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


In America, we live in the “bread basket” of the world.

Most of us like to eat two or three times per day. So we all have a vested interest in modern, abundant food production that is safe, tasty and nutritious. Agriculture is important in Arizona as it represents over $4 billion in cash receipts. Three of the “Five C’s” in Arizona represent agriculture production: cattle, cotton and citrus.

In this presentation by agribusiness professional Merle Anderson, you will see an example of modern American dairy, pork, beef and crop production at Cinnamon Ridge Farm, located in Donahue, Iowa. The farm is a family business owned and operated by John and Joan Maxwell. Farmers and ranchers represent less than 2% of the U.S. population. Yet agriculture, food, and related industries contribute over $1.1 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Americans spend only 9.5% of their disposable income on food (4.9% at home and 4.6% away from home). That is less than any country in the world.

Having spent his career in agribusiness, managing farm supply and grain marketing cooperatives in Illinois and Iowa, Merle enjoys talking about the importance of food production.