Envision a word without a farmer: uncertainty of where your next meal will come from, your clothing, and many more daily essentials. The vastly growing population depends on American farmers and ranchers to sustain the food supply and continue to embrace innovations by producing more with less resources.
Without a farmer, say goodbye to the toothpaste you brush your teeth with, the cosmetics you apply on your face each morning, the hair and body products you bathe with, the pencil you use to jot down your schedule, the clothes on your back — better yet — the products we use to clean them and a long list of other things we often take for granted. And yet, we never take the time to stop and tell a farmer or rancher thank you.
Thank you! I appreciate your long work hours, so that we don’t have to trek further than the supermarket to get a safe and affordable food supply. Thank you, for taking time away from your family and friends, so that I can feed and entertain mine with the products you provide me. Thank you for using your education to improve the quality of our soil, so that we can continue to farm and grow crops for decades to come.
As often as we take these for granted, we must show our appreciation when called to do so. Annually, The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) dedicates a day during National Ag Week, March 18-24, as National Ag Day. This year National Ag Day is celebrated on March 20.
At the national level, ACA hosts many events and campaigns. A Press Club Event from 1:00-3:30 p.m., moderated by Max Armstrong from Farm Progress, will featured panelists from the American Farm Bureau Federation, John Deere, The Ohio State University and Culver’s. At this panel, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will honor the essay contest winner.
Following the panel, a reception will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress. Fourth-generation rice farmer and business owner, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) will be present for the celebration.
If you are unable to attend events at the national level, there are other ways to get involved. ACA provides planning material to host your own National Ag Day celebration in your community, along with a social media tool kit.
Getting involved can be as easy as sending a letter about the importance of agriculture to your local newspaper, calling your Congressional representatives or sharing the story of agriculture within your community.
It is essential that Americans understand the value of agriculture to our economy and the ways that food, fiber, and renewable resources affect our lifestyles. To act in telling the story of American agriculture, your participation in National Ag Day is imperative.
For more information on the purpose of National Ag Day, tools to plan and event or ways to promote agriculture visit www.agday.org.