Americans should mark National Ag Week

Americans should mark National Ag Week

The average American farm feeds about 168 people worldwide, and 1 in 5 Iowans go to work because of agriculture.

Tuesday the Agriculture Council of America is celebrating the '44th Annual National Agriculture Day'. The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The theme this year is "Agriculture: Food For Life".

To join in, please register here. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining the US economy. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, March 19-25, 2017. However, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential - if not more - than the broad-scale effort. We must highlight the essential role agriculture plays in maintaining a strong Kansas economy as well as our USA economy.

What Is Ag Day All About?

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) envisions a future of global nutritional security, defined as "a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life".

In case you hadn't noticed, agriculture provides nearly everything we eat, use and wear daily. This is particularly true in our schools today where students may be exposed to agriculture only if they enroll in related vocational training - if it even exists. Keeping in touch with young leaders in 4-H and FFA gives me perspective on the challenges and opportunities in store for American agriculture.

The agricultural sector in the United States has become incredibly efficient at producing a wide array of products.

To help the agriculture industry communicate better with its consumers, professional speaker and author Michele Payn presented an open forum discussing potential methods with over 100 ag producers.

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