From staff reports
National Ag Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture, is being observed Tuesday, March 21.
It is part of National Ag Week, which is held each year to celebrate the work of the more than 468,000 farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers, as well as the tens of thousands of others who serve the industry by supplying equipment, seed, fertilizer, animal feed, marketing services, research or other support roles.
As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States. National Ag Day is promoted by the Leawood, Kansas-based Agriculture Council of America. The organization 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.
Events to mark National Ag Day will include a virtual event, held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern and an Ag Day at USDA event held from 10:30 to 11:30 Eastern at USDA Headquarters’ Whitten Patio in Washington, D.C. It will feature U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall and Ag Day student representatives.
The day will wind down with a Taste of Ag reception, held in the Montpelier Room at the Library of Congress.
For more information on the events, and about National Ag Day 2023, click here.