WHEREAS, agriculture and agribusiness is the top industry in North Carolina, providing more than $77 billion in revenue, of which $14.9 billion comes directly from farm production; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina leads the nation in the production of sweet potatoes and tobacco, and is second in production of pork, trout, poultry, eggs and Christmas trees; and
WHEREAS, individuals engaged in production agriculture face significant risks in the course of their everyday lives and labors to provide food, fiber, biofuels and other basic necessities of life for millions across our nation and beyond; and
WHEREAS, farm work often involves hazardous exposures to machinery, chemicals, livestock and workplace environments; and
WHEREAS, some workers are at higher risk than others, including youth, older workers and individuals with limited literacy and language proficiency; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina Agromedicine Institute and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are committed to working collaboratively with other public and private partners, including farms across the state, to promote on-farm health and safety; and
WHEREAS, as rural and urban North Carolinians, we express gratitude for the untold benefits of living in a diversified agricultural state and honor the achievements of these individuals engaged in production agriculture that stay safe and healthy to serve this nation in the future.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim the week of September 15-21, 2013, as “FARM SAFETY AND HEALTH WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.