July 15, 2024

National Ag Day is March 19

The Agriculture Council of America announced March 19 will be National Agriculture Day with the theme of “Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.”

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Council of America announced March 19 will be National Agriculture Day with the theme of “Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.”

Activities planned for March 19 feature a virtual Ag Day program and in-person events in Washington.

ACA will invite students to interact virtually with legislators and agency representatives, delivering the Ag Day message.

A core leadership team of college students will participate in the D.C. events, along with representatives of national farm and commodity organizations, representatives of the food, fuel and fiber communities.

Jenny Pickett, ACA president, said students from Agriculture Future of America, 4-H, FFA, and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences will participate in National Ag Day, to be celebrated during National Ag Week, which will be observed March 17-23.

“Students are interested in advocating on behalf of agriculture and their future roles in the industry. Their participation in National Ag Day activities provides a glimpse of the future of agriculture,” Pickett said.

“It’s exciting to learn from the students what they think agriculture will be like in the years ahead and how their involvement will shape the industry and America as a whole.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, more than 22 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sector, or roughly 10% of all U.S. employment. On-farm jobs represented about 2.6 million jobs, or a little over 1% of U.S. employment.

Take that a step further, agriculture- and food-related jobs totaled more than 19 million.

“More and more, students and individuals are finding careers in agriculture. The industry needs scientists, biologists, food safety technicians, livestock nutrition specialists, arborists, conservationists — one doesn’t have to be a farmer or have a direct on-farm job to be involved in the agriculture industry,” Pickett said.

2024 National Ag Day marks the 51st year of the nationwide effort to share real stories of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture affects everyone.

“From the food we eat and the fuel for our vehicles, to the fiber in the clothes we wear, and the oil used to make kids’ crayons, agriculture touches everyone in some way,” Pickett said.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

• Understand how food, fiber and fuel 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.

• Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

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