National Ag Day Celebration on March 18, 2015
March 18, 2015, is National Ag Day and in honor and recognition of the 42nd Anniversay of Ag Day, events are planned nationwide in Washington D.C. and in agricultural farmland communities across the country. Classrooms and students will also be celebrating and promoting the importance of agriculture using this year’s theme “Sustaining Future Generations.”
Ag Day is an educational event to help more Americans understand the value of agriculture in their daily lives. Here are just a few reasons why we celebrate Ag Day in Indiana each year:
Increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows individuals to make informed personal choices about diet and health.
Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing the policies that will support a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad.
Employment opportunities exist across the board in agriculture. Career choices include:
- farm production
- agribusiness management and marketing
- agricultural research and engineering
- food science
- processing and retailing
- landscape architecture
- urban planning
- farmland real estate and other fields.
- Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through 12th grade, all students should receive some systematic instruction about agriculture.
- Agriculture is too important a topic to be taught only to the small percentage of students considering careers in agriculture and pursuing vocational agricultural studies.
- Agricultural literacy includes an understanding of agriculture’s history and current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans. This understanding includes some knowledge of food, fiber and renewable resource production, processing and domestic and international market
On March 18, 2015, ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital, including the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill. These 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.
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. In addition to the events in Washington, D.C., on March 18, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day essay, poster and video contests.
Visit www.agday.org for more information on National Ag Day in 2015.