National Ag Day – March 20th, 2018

What is National Ag Day?

Photo Credit: Luke Harlow

National Ag Day is a historic event that promotes recognition and appreciation for all those involved in American agriculture. #AgDay. With over 400 farms, Clay County produces a wide array of agricultural commodities including beef, hay, sod, timber, citrus, hydroponic vegetables, honey, blueberries, and even hops! That is why today is a special day to recognize all that farmers and ranchers do for us, both locally and nationally.

Why Celebrate Agriculture?

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Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear daily. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.

Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people … a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.

What Can You Do?

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Every day, for the rest of the week, think of some things to do or say to honor our local farmers and ranchers, our agriculture teachers, and any other person that contributes to agriculture.

Tuesday
Research agricultural issues affecting your region.

Wednesday
Contact your legislator and  have a conversation about the importance of supporting farm initiatives.

Thursday
Share what agriculture means to you in a photo on social media—whether it’s the ingredients for your dinner, a rural field, or a busy market. Use the hashtag #FoodforLife

Friday
Throw a cook-off party with friends. Try to incorporate ingredients your state is known for, i.e. pork, apples, almonds, beef, corn, etc.

Saturday
Check out local farms or dairies in your area that offer tours. Visit with friends or family, and learn how they produce, sell and market their food.

Done forget to watch the following 2018 video essay contest winner and learn about what agriculture does for you!

For more information about National Ag Day, please visit the following: National Ag Day