Agriculture Council of America Emphasizes Role of FarmersTue, 07 Feb 2012 13:41:27 CST
On March 8, 2012, the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host three major events in the nation’s capital: a coffee event in the morning, the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. This year’s theme is “American Agriculture: Abundant. Affordable. AMAZING.”
The events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.
The morning coffee event will be held at the USDA Whitten Building Patio from 8:00-8:45 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, is the invited guest of honor.
The annual Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon will be held in HC-5 in the Capitol Building, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but advance reservations are required. Approximately 50 student delegates from FFA, 4-H, the Consortium, Student NAMA and AFA will be in attendance, along with Outstanding Farmer of the Year honorees.
The National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner will follow at the USDA Whitten Building Patio at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.agday.org.
This is the 39th anniversary of National Ag Day (March 8, 2012), which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
· Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
· Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
· Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
· Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
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. That's 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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