[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Volume 42, Number 45 (Monday, November 13, 2006)]
[Page 2036]
[Online from the Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

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Proclamation 8082--National Farm-City Week, 2006

 November 8, 2006

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    Throughout our history, America's farmers and ranchers have 
demonstrated the values of determination, faith, love of family, and 
patriotism. The contributions of America's farmers and ranchers help 
keep our economy moving forward, and during National Farm-City Week we 
underscore the vital partnership between America's rural and urban 
industries.
    By providing raw materials, energy, and a safe and healthy food 
supply, our farmers and ranchers help enrich our lives and create 
economic opportunities across our Nation. As good stewards of the land, 
they help preserve the farming industry and way of life for future 
generations.
    Farmers are playing an increasingly important role in reducing our 
dependence on foreign oil by growing crops such as soybeans and corn 
that can be used as alternative sources of energy. Our agricultural 
sector also cooperates with shippers, processors, marketers, 
transporters, and others to make these vital goods available to the 
public. My Administration is committed to helping these dedicated 
individuals succeed, and we must continue investing in agricultural 
research programs, working to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers, 
and opening up markets for American products overseas.
    During National Farm-City Week, and throughout the year, we honor 
the farmers, ranchers, and all those working to build strong 
relationships between our rural and urban communities. Our economy is 
strong and growing, and behind the numbers are the stories of hard-
working Americans who help spur our economic prosperity and feed our 
country and the world.
     Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States 
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution 
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 17 
through November 23, 2006, as National Farm-City Week. I encourage all 
Americans to join in recognizing farmers, ranchers, and other 
professionals who work to produce our agricultural abundance.
     In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of 
November, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
first.
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., November 13, 
2006]

Note: This proclamation will be published in the Federal Register on 
November 14.