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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Celebrate Ag Day!

March 20th is coming! How appropriate that the first day of spring is also National Ag Day. Whether you know it or not, agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. National Agriculture Week and National Ag Day is the time members of the agricultural industry come together to promote American agriculture.

You may ask "why should we celebrate Ag Day?" A few key reasons...

- increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition helps you make better and more informed decisions about diet and health

- informed citizens help establish policies supporting a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad

- there are many employment opportunities in agriculture (including farm production, food science, processing and retailing, education, landscape architecture, urban planning, energy, and many more)

- from kindergarter to 12th grade, all students should receive some ag instuction

- agriculture is too important to only be taught to the small percentage of students considering careers in agriculture

- agricultural literacy includes an understanding of agriculture's history and current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans. This understanding includes some knowledge of food, fiber and renewable resource production, processing and domestic and international marketing.

For more information about Ag Day and the importance of agriculture in our society, please visit the Agriculture Council of America website, www.agday.org.

Be sure to thank your local farmer!

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