National Ag Day is March 14, 2019 which falls during National Ag Week March 10-16, 2019. The National Ag Day program was started in 1973 by the Agriculture Council of America. This is a day when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other organizations across America come together to recognize and celebrate American agriculture.
Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people per year, which is a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. As the world population rises, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States. By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.
The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:
- understand how food, fiber and renewable resource 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.
- acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.
The goal of National Ag Day is to show the important factor that agriculture plays in the United States. A few generations ago, most Americans were directly involved in, or had relatives or friends involved in agriculture. Today, that is no longer the case. That is why it is crucial that we all work together to promote and educate the public about agriculture. Increasing education will help people understand that agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products.
To learn more about National Ag Day please visit https://www.agday.org/.