National Ag Day
National Ag Day:
National Ag Day is celebrated on different dates annually to recognize the various contributions the farmers and fields have blessed us with. In the coming year, it is scheduled to fall on 23rd March.
|2023||23rd March||Thursday||United States|
|2024||23rd March||Saturday||United States|
|2025||23rd March||Sunday||United States|
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on March 23rd:
Why National Ag Day?
Agriculture provides us with our basic necessities, from everything on our dining table to our closets. Still, there are hardly a handful of people who recognize the efforts of people who yield the luxuries we enjoy. This especially holds true for the younger generation, school and college kids who are not exposed to agriculture until they don’t participate in agriculture activities and training.
Every year, the world population is increasing at and so is the need for food and clothing, and these needs are being fulfilled only by the hard work of the farmers and ranchers. And by each passing year, agriculture is only blossoming better. If not for the basic needs, the secondary need and wouldn’t prosper; hence, each citizen needs to acknowledge and appreciate agriculture’s contributions.
Apart from providing the raw materials for our favorite dishes, agriculture plays an important role in the economy of the U.S. everything around us involves a part of agriculture, be it the sandwich in our lunch boxes to our sweaters and bedsheets. It is a major factor in our communities, small or large. And it doesn’t end here; our medicines, the fuel that runs our vehicles, our books, and stationery are also gifts of agriculture. It also employs the field to store factories and processing units and, therefore, boost the nation’s economy. It also provides a range of innovation areas for biotechnologists and other scientists to come up with creative solutions for better performance. Today, there are thousands of researches taking place, providing minute to large scale solutions for farmers to yield healthier crops at a low price.
Many organizations scaling from local to country levels, including Farm co-ops, agricultural associations, universities, FFA clubs, Non- government organizations, businesses, are few among others who celebrate this day by organizing events to spread awareness and provide the local citizens an opportunity to view how their food and clothing products reach them from the farms. Be it the countrymen or the urban citizens, everyone should acknowledge the impact agriculture has on our daily lives and support organizations that help our farmers and ranchers.
How can we obverse National Ag Day?
- While with family, make a farm-to-table meal to enjoy.
- Research about the agricultural problems your area is facing and do your bit in solving them.
- On social media, share what agriculture means to you by uploading photos or videos, whether it’s a visit to a field, the ingredients in your lunch, the material of your clothing, or livestock. Use #nationalagday and #FoodforLife while posting.
- Participate in events that spread awareness of agriculture.
- Read books related to agriculture.
- Understand the production process of food and fiber products.
- Value the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant, and cost-efficient products.
- Appreciate the vital role of agriculture in maintaining a powerful economy.
- Acknowledge and explore career opportunities in the field of agriculture, fiber, and food industry.
- Participate in the events conducted by the Agriculture Council of America to encourage young people to opt for career opportunities in agriculture.
Interesting facts on National Ag Day:
Given below are a few facts to enjoy on National Ag Day!
- Just 2% of the U.S. population consists of farm and ranch families.
- Alaska accounts for more than 60% of the commercial seafood industry.
- Over half of all apples are produced by Washington in the United States.
- The 4th largest agricultural exporting state in the nation in Minnesota.
- Texas has 248,809 farms, which makes it the city with the most farms, followed by Missouri.
- Louisiana is the only place where Tabasco pepper is produced.
- An average Illinois farmer can feed up to 156 people.
- The top 3 farm products in the United States are cattle and calves, dairy, and corn.
- The total millennial farmers in the nation are over 250 thousand in number.
- The largest food and agricultural economy in the United States is California.
- Florida produces about 65% of citrus in the U.S., 95% of that is grown for processing.
History of National Ag Day:
In 1973, the National Ag Day and The Agricultural Council of America(ACA) were started to increase awareness among the public regarding the importance of agriculture in society.