Ag Day is a Day to Celebrate Agriculture
National Ag Week is right around the corner, kicking off on March 21st on National Ag Day and continuing through March 27th. Announced by the Agriculture Council of America, the week celebrates and acknowledges the agricultural industry and the role it plays in stabilizing the economy. The week-long holiday celebrates the efforts and gives thanks to the individuals that work tirelessly to provide wholesome food, fiber, and renewable products. Agriculture provides millions of stable jobs that in return bring money back into the economy. The backbone of our nation, our economy is agriculture. And for that, it deserves a celebration.
The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10158—National Agriculture Day, 2021:
“On National Agriculture Day, we recognize the unique and irreplaceable value that farmers, ranchers, foresters, farmworkers, and other agricultural stewards have contributed to our Nation's past and present. America's agriculture sector safeguards our Nation's lands through sustainable management; ensures the health and safety of animals, plants, and people; provides a safe and abundant food supply; and facilitates opportunities for prosperity and economic development in rural America.”
Agriculture provides nearly everything we eat, use, and wear on a day-to-day basis. Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people each year. As the population continues to grow, so does the need for agriculture.
With National Ag Day, the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) hopes to raise awareness about agriculture’s role in our society. Every American should value the role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, consider career opportunities in agriculture, and understand how food products are produced.
The ACA believes that Americans need to understand the value of agriculture in their daily lives and that education should be in schools. Beginning in kindergarten, students should be taught some systematic instruction about agriculture, to understand agriculture’s history and its current significance in today’s society. By teaching them about these things, not only will more people be educated about agriculture’s impact, but more students may decide to go for a career in the industry in the future.
Agriculture offers more than 200 career opportunities. According to USDA, only about 10% of Americans are involved in traditional farming. There are several other agriculture-related fields, and approximately 21 million people work in them. Some of these related fields include agribusiness management, agriscience, horticulture, and food science. There is a huge variety of jobs within agriculture, from farm production to urban planning.
With the increasing need for agriculture, there is an increasing need for people to work within the industry. According to an employment outlook by Purdue and USDA, there are over 59,000 estimated job openings for food and agriculture science graduates each year.
What can you do to help? Simply get involved. Celebrating National Ag Day helps spread the true story of agriculture. If you are an agriculturist yourself, be a lamppost of knowledge for people who are curious about agriculture. Together, we can promote the industry that feeds us, clothes us, and keeps our nation running.
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