Today marks the 42nd annual National Agriculture Day, and the industry is celebrating in style.
The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level, but many entities participate at national, state and local levels each year.
National Agriculture Day has four primary goals, to help Americans:
- Understand how food, fiber and renewable resources 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 ag industry.
That has set the stage for a busy day in Washington, D.C., today, with special briefings on ag innovation, a FarmHer exhibit at USDA, a Google Hangout with USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden at 2 p.m., and culminating with a celebration of agriculture dinner at USDA.
The Farm Journal Foundation is among National Agriculture Day’s sponsors and is also hosting its own activities today. The foundation is bringing HungerU crewmember Tray Heard and four Farm Team lead farmers from Indiana, Pennsylvania and South Dakota to the nation’s Capital to represent agriculture’s commitment to ending world hunger and to share their stories with members of their U.S. Congressional delegations.
The foundation is also launching a #HungerStory video series that encourages Twitter and Facebook users to share their connections to hunger and views on agriculture’s role in tackling hunger and poverty around the world. Learn more about this video series at https://www.youtube.com/user/FarmersFeeding.
“This year’s theme of ‘Sustaining Future Generations’ presents a well-timed opportunity for the industry to come together and examine how it can most strategically support a dynamic, changing food system, and endeavor that will take the entire value chain working together,” says Lesly Weber McNitt, director of government relations and program development for the Farm Journal Foundation.
Robust Twitter activity offered industry groups another channel to share facts and figures about the agriculture industry with a broad audience through the hashtag #AgDay15. Here are some of the top tweets of the day:
This industry is more than aware that farming is important each and every day. But, as Farm Journal columnist John Phipps notes, today – and even this year – can be used as an opportunity as a springboard for renewed optimism.
“Folks, 2015 may be filled with a lot of gloom and doom, but the ration is about 99% gloom and 1% doom,” he says. “We can do something about the gloom. This is our job. All we have to do in 2015 is our job. So when some of your neighbors says, ‘Oh my gosh, what are we going to do this year?’ Answer them this way – whatever it takes.”
For more information, visit www.agday.org.