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Head on over to the county fair!

Let’s not fool ourselves: Farming is a tough business and it’s getting more difficult.

The number of farms in the United States has been and is on the decline.

In 2018, there were just over 2 million farms in America, down from some 200,000 since 2007.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the average age of farmers and ranchers is 58.

That is not because farmers are among America’s oldest workers — their average age has been growing rapidly for approximately 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture.

Other statistics: Farming accounts for about 1 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.

Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.

Farm programs typically cost each American just pennies per meal and account for less than one-half of 1 percent of the total U.S. budget.

So our point: Don’t take our farmers and farmland for granted.

And support our farmers by, in part, supporting your county fair.

The 47th annual Clinton County Fair is well underway, thanks to outstanding volunteers, businesses and agriculture leaders who dedicate unending hours to this week-long event.

Your attendance at this yearly event is as much about supporting our farms and farmers as it is about eating great food and entertainment.

Agriculture touches everyone in some way, but many people don’t really know how important it is to America

The Express community newspaper is proud to feature farm families and information about area farming in our special Celebration of Agriculture that is free with today’s newspaper.

We also publish a daily calendar of fair events.

The Clinton County Fair — the fairgrounds are just off Route 220 south of Mill Hall — is open every day from now until this Saturday, Aug. 3.

The fair gates open each morning and don’t close until dark.

Stop by.

There are exhibits, food, music, contests, judging and much, much more.

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