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The day in which we celebrate the hard working farmers and ranchers across the US is here! Today, March 25th, National Ag Day, we recognize everything ag-related. This year's theme is "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed" in an effort to bring attention to the day-in and day-out work that farmers and ranchers conduct in order to keep the food supply available. National Ag Day represents a day to celebrate American farmers and their commitment to the land they farm and the people who use the food, feed, fuel and fiber American farmers produce, more than just for economic gain.
USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Debra Crusoe encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Minnesota on National Ag Day.
USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for 7 billion people.
"We recognize the importance of agriculture and hope that the recent passage of a new Farm Bill is a sign that 2014 will be a 'banner year for the industry," said Crusoe. There is no better way to show our support for farmers and ranchers than to begin implementing a new Farm Bill - legislation that will provide farmers, ranchers and consumers alike supportive results."
According to soy checkoff farmer-leader Nancy Kavazanjian, farmers care for their land and are in it for the long term to pass it down to their children and make the land better.
Ag Day is a project of the Agriculture Council of America. For further Ag Day information and events visit www.agday.org.
Minnesota Agriculture Week is being recognized in conjunction with National Agriculture Day, and
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 23-29, 2014, as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the significant contributions agriculture makes to the quality of life of all Minnesotans.
Dayton says it’s important to recognize the abundance of food, fiber, and renewable resources provided by Minnesota farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.
“Please join me in celebrating the hard working people who are producing the high quality and affordable products we enjoy and that are in demand around the world,” Dayton said. “All Minnesotans should be proud of our state’s rich agricultural heritage and the vibrant industry that agriculture is today.”
Minnesota is an agricultural powerhouse, ranking fifth nationally in total agriculture production and fourth in agricultural exports. The ag industry pumps approximately $75 billion dollars annually into the state economy and supports 340,000 jobs.