Monday, March 5, 2012

National Agriculture Week

It's National Agriculture Week! On Thursday, March 8 the Agriculture Council of America celebrates Ag Day as a way to raise awareness of agriculture's vital role in every American's life.

You can read more about Ag Day here. Or watch this video:

Agriculture Council of America believes that every American should:

*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.

As producers, how can we help others understand, appreciate, value and acknowledge agriculture? Certainly sharing information about our own operation and the specific crops we grow might be a place to start. That might take place in an online format (sharing information on Facebook, Twitter, a blog), in person (talking to a consumer, an extended family member or maybe even a group of children), or via print (consider writing a letter to the editor or sharing a recipe using a crop grown on your farm).

At the North Dakota state capitol this week, an ag exhibit developed by the state Agriculture Department and local commodity groups will be on display at the Captiol's Memorial Hall.

The North Dakota Agri-Women will also be sponsoring the annual Ag Day Baby contest this week. The first baby born in the state on March 8, 2012 will be awarded the title of Ag Day Baby along with a savings bond and many North Dakota products and goodies. If he doesn't arrive before then, our own little ag baby is scheduled to arrive that day!

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