NATIONAL AG DAY
Each year, National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture across the United States. American agriculture plays a critical economic and food security role in our country.
The role of American agriculture is greater than the food on our tables. It runs deep in our communities, large and small. Just about every product we touch involves a farmer. From the clothes on our backs to the fuel in our cars and the medicines we take, agriculture grows our economy and keeps us healthy. Agriculture provides jobs from field to store and beyond. In every area of agriculture, innovation is happing every day. And it’s been that way since the first farmer decided to plant a seed in the ground.
Farm co-ops, universities, 4-H clubs, agricultural associations, FFA clubs, businesses, and other organizations at the city, county, and state levels celebrate with a variety of events that give the general public an opportunity to see how their food, clothing, and other products get from the farm to you.
While you may live in an urban area, agriculture is all around us. Events supported by organizations will demonstrate the economic impact agriculture has on society.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL AG DAY
- Check your local newspaper or online listings for events near you.
- Encourage students to join FFA or 4-H for hands-on experience with agriculture. They may find their future there.
- Volunteer to organize an event in your community.
- Support your local farmer’s market.
- Join a co-op.
- Use #NationalAgDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL AG DAY HISTORY
The National Ag Day Program and The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) were both started in 1973 as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society. You will find additional information at https://www.agday.org/
Q. Do I have to be a farmer to participate in National Ag Day?
A. No. Ag day is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the changing and essential landscape of agriculture. We all benefit from agriculture whether through the food we eat or the jobs it creates.
Q. How many farms are in the United States?
A. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm numbers have been on the decline since 1935. As of 2020, the U.S. was home to 2.02 million farms. While the number of farms and the number of acres farmed both continue to decline the size of the average farm continues to increase.
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