James Pinsky: National Ag Day is March 21

James Pinsky

If the only thing that growls in your house is your pooch and not your stomach, you might want to thank a farmer. Actually, we need to thank a lot more than just farmers.

Across this nation, the people who make up our agriculture industry are the epitome of teamwork. We all need farmers and farmers need equipment, seed, fertilizer, tractors, clothes, animals, tools, scientists … you get the point.

There are quite a few people to thank.

There are so many, in fact, that the Agriculture Council of America holds an annual agriculture celebration day. This year it’s on March 21, for all of us to learn, acknowledge and, yes, thank our agriculture industry for an abundance of food. This year’s National Ag Day theme is: Agriculture: Food For Life.

On National Ag Day, the Agriculture Council of America will host major events in Washington, D.C., including a breakfast event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture celebration on Capitol Hill. The Agriculture Council of America will also bring approximately 100 college students to the nation’s capital to deliver the message of National Ag Day to lawmakers.

“National Ag Day is a day to celebrate the abundance that farmers and ranchers have been able to provide,” said Del. Michael Webert (R-18). “It is also a great time for learning. Many across this nation are getting farther and farther removed from the farm. National Ag Day is a great opportunity to teach others about agricultural and the value of hard work.”

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry. National Ag Day’s celebrations and educational events also empower us to have increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition so we can make informed personal choices about our diet and health. It also helps keep us accurately informed as citizens, which promotes our participation in local, state and federal civics establishing and maintaining policies that support a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad.

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America, which is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society. This year’s celebration marks the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day.

We here at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District join the Agriculture Council of America in the need to both recognize and educate our communities about our vast agriculture industry’s impact in our lives. For decades, we have worked closely with farmers to help ensure the very best soil and water quality possible that benefits not just farmers but all of our district’s residents, animals and other natural resources.

To learn more about National Ag Day visit www.agday.org.

James Pinsky is the education and information coordinator for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact him at 540.465.2424, ext. 104, or james.pinsky@lfswcd.org. Visit us at www.lfswcd.org or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/lfswcd.