Proclamation: National Farm-City Week, 2000 (11/18/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Hanoi, Vietnam)

For Immediate Release                           November 18, 2000

                       NATIONAL FARM-CITY WEEK, 2000

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                              A PROCLAMATION

     Since our earliest days as a Nation, farmers have tilled the rich soil
of this great land, feeding their families, our country, and people around
the world.  While America has changed from an agricultural to an industrial
society, the American farm has remained a vital thread in the fabric of our
national life.  Farmers and ranchers exemplify the values on which our
country was founded -- hard work, faith, family, and devotion to com-munity
and to the land -- and they have made American agriculture a leading global
industry and a source of pride for our Nation.

     By providing their fellow Americans with an abundant supply of safe,
high-quality food and fiber, our country?s farmers and ranchers help
sustain a quality of life that is unmatched around the world.  In this new
century, their role is becoming even more important as they strive to meet
the challenge of feeding the world?s people while preserving our fertile
land, clean water, and other precious natural resources.

     Farmers and ranchers, however, do not accomplish these crucial tasks
alone.  Farm workers, shippers, inspectors, pro-cessors, agribusiness
companies, marketers, grocers, and many others play vital roles in the
extraordinary productivity of America?s agricultural industry.  These
farm-city partnerships strengthen our free enterprise system and remind us
that the talents, energy, and hard work of millions of Americans have
contributed to the unprecedented prosperity we enjoy today.
     This week, as we gather with our families in thanks for the bounty
bestowed upon us, let us remember with gratitude the hardworking men and
women in rural and urban communities who devote their lives to producing,
processing, and delivering the world?s safest, most abundant supply of food
and fiber.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 17 through November
23, 2000, as National Farm-City Week.  I call upon all Americans, in rural
and urban communities alike, to join in recognizing the achievements of all
those who work together to promote America?s agricultural abundance.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
sixteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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