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NRCS Promotes Observance of Ag Day on March 8, 2012

NRCS Colorado 2012 News Release       

For Immediate Release

 

Katherine Burse-Johnson
Public Affairs Specialist
Office Number: 720-544-2863
Fax Number: 720-544-2965
E-Mail: Katherine.Burse-Johnson@co.usda.gov

March 7, 2012

NRCS Promotes Observance of Ag Day on March 8, 2012

   

Denver – Ag Day is March 8, 2012, and is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

Agriculture is an integral part of the economic health of America. It is the foundation for many of our rural communities,” said Phyllis Ann Philipps, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Denver. “Our agricultural lands not only provide food and fiber for a nation and the world, they provide open spaces, wildlife habitat, and rural landscapes that are enjoyed by us all. When you sit down to eat today, remember to give thanks for American Ag, a healthy abundant food supply, and a prosperous sustainable environment.”

Ag Day is about recognizing - and celebrating - the contributions of agriculture in our everyday lives. That’s why, NRCS encourages every American to:

  • Understand how food, fiber, and renewable resource products are produced.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.

The Agriculture Council of America hosts Ag Day on a national level. However, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential - if not more - than the broad-scale effort. Therefore, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado encourages your participation at the local level.

The National Ag Day program is committed to increasing public awareness about American agriculture. As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources that the United States produces.

Did you know that each American farmer feeds more than 144 people, which is 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.

Get involved in Ag Day! Your participation is critical in helping spread this positive message about agriculture. There are ways you can lend your support, including sending a letter to your local newspaper, calling your Congressional representatives or simply sharing information about agriculture with others in your community. Join this effort to promote American agriculture to everyone this Ag Day, March 8, 2012. You can find more information about Ag Day by visiting www.agday.org.

In 2012, USDA will commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture. As we commemorate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is learning from past experiences and looking to the future. In the years to come, we must help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America. We must continue to help provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world. To meet those goals, we are working to make USDA a more modern and effective service provider and to deliver the best possible results for all of the American people.
 

 

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