Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Hosted by the Agriculture Council of America on the national level, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential – if not more – than the broad-scale effort. Ag Day is a fantastic opportunity to understand how food and fiber products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
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 … 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.
Did you know?
- Farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for 75% of the nations wildlife.
- Plant and animal biotechnology have resulted in new antibodies for immunizations. Agriculture has also contributed to research that has helped develop surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals that help save lives.
- Ethanol and new bio-diesel fuels made from corn, soybeans and other grains are beneficial to the environment and help contribute to energy independence for the U.S.
Products we use in our everyday lives come from plant and animal byproducts produced by America’s farmers and ranchers:
- Health care: Pharmaceuticals, surgical sutures, ointments, latex gloves, x-ray film, gelatin for capsules and heart valves.
- Construction: Lumber, paints, brushes, tar paper, dry wall and tool handles.
- Transportation: Fuel, lubricants, antifreeze, tires and upholstery.
- Manufacturing: Adhesives, solvents and detergents.
- Printing: Paper, ink and film.
- Personal Care Products: Shampoo, cosmetics, lotions, finger nail polish and toothpaste.
- Education: Crayons, textbooks, chalk, desks, pencils and paper.
- Sports: Uniforms, baseball bats, leather equipment and shoes.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. Remember to thank an agriculturist today!