National Ag Day (March 14) is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.
By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.
Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more - and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.
Looking for an easy way to support Ag Week? Here are some fun daily tips for getting involved:
Make a farm-to-table meal with your family.
Volunteer at your local school and plan an activity with a classroom to teach kids about the importance of agriculture. (Examples: make a compost bin for them to observe in their classroom, or do this seed growing experiment.
Share what agriculture means to you in a photo on social media - whether it’s the ingredients for your dinner, a rural field, or a busy market. Use the hashtag #FoodforLife
Contact your legislator and remind them of the importance of supporting farm initiatives.
Research agricultural issues affecting your region.
Throw a cook-off party with friends. Try to incorporate ingredients your state is known for, i.e. apples, almonds, corn, etc.
Check out local farms in your area that offer tours. Visit with friends or family, and learn how they produce, sell and market their food.
P.S. What other ideas do you have for celebrating National Ag Day? Tell us in the comments below.