Whether your grandparents ran a small hobby farm or you happen to be the fourth generation to grow produce, agriculture is a part of many families’ ancestries. My great grandfather had a small farm near Iowa Falls where he watched over a variety of things, from corn and oats to hay and feeding cattle.
Planting, tending to, and harvesting food for consumption by the greater population is a tireless, and often thankless, job. According to the Agriculture Council of America, each American farmer today feeds more than 144 people, dramatically up from 25 people in the 1960s.
American agriculture is doing more, and doing it better, which is why it’s important to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture on National Agriculture Day. National Ag Day, celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 15, encourages every American to:
- Understand how food and fiber 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.
Every day, people rely on agriculture for the very necessities of life. And it’s not just the people in the United States who depend on this industry. Agriculture is the nation’s #1 export, making it vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.
While some may think that food comes from the grocery store, the truth is there is an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful and safe food for consumption. Farmers, warehouse and transportation professionals, grocers, retailers, wholesalers, and foodservice providers all play a part in the supply and demand chain that brings food to millions of people throughout the world.
So what can you do to help raise awareness on National Ag Day? The easiest thing to do is tell your social and personal networks that it’s National Ag Day using the hashtag #agday2016. There are also many events associated with National Ag Day. You can find ways to get involved at www.agday.org. Finally, you can tell us what agriculture means to you by sharing your story in the comment field below.
As you will hear in the Robinson Fresh grower video below, once you get farming in your blood, it’s very hard to get it out of your system.
I personally take a lot of pride in working for a fresh food company that considers growers part of our family and that helps create opportunities for those growers to farm their land and be successful. Thanks to all of you in the business for helping meet the needs of Americans and others around the world. Happy National Agriculture Day!