Today, we celebrate and recognize the contributions of agriculture in our nation and around the world. Ag Day is being celebrated on March 15th and the theme for National Ag Day 2016 is "Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet." Why is it important to celebrate agriculture? Quite simply, if you eat it, use it and wear it, agriculture provided it. We take this contribution for granted and few people truly understand this valuable connection in our everyday lives. This is particularly true in schools where children have little exposure to agriculture.
The goal of National Ag Day is that Americans learn 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.
Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. So, on this day to recognize the vital role of agriculture in our society, a big THANK YOU to our farmers and those involved in the business of agriculture.