Ag Day March 25
by staff on March 19th, 2014

Next Tuesday is Ag Day.  Why should we care?  It seems the answer to that question is pretty obvious, but I think we sometimes forget we are in the middle of a rural community.  We rely on our Ag Businesses to help suppor the Chamber.  It's not just farmers either.  It's Lamperts Lumber who provides products ag people need.  It's Classic Carpet and Interiors that provides furniture for rural homes.  It's Seneca Street Saloon that feeds ag workers at lunch.  If you look closely, most of our businesses are tied to agriculture! 

What Is Ag Day All About?

Ag Day is about recognizing - and celebrating - the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program 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.

Why Celebrate Agriculture?

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. 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.

By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.

Each American farmer feeds more than 144 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.

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