Public Affairs Specialist Terri Daniel talks to an Ag Day visitor about
the types of services NRCS provides landowners in Oklahoma.
Several hundred people came to the State Capitol to tour the exhibits on
display for Ag Day.
The Oklahoma Beef Council had one of the most popular booths at the
event. Visitors were treated to complimentary beef soft tacos with great
salsa and spicy sauce.
If you live in Oklahoma, you are involved in agriculture – either
directly or indirectly. Every Oklahoman depends on agriculture for food
and fiber as a necessary part of their every day life. Oklahoma’s
economy depends on agriculture too: Oklahoma's single largest industry
is beef cattle. That makes up nearly two billion dollars of the state's
six billion dollar ag industry every year.
More than 20 percent of Oklahomans are involved in the agriculture
industry. With agriculture being such a powerhouse in our state, the
legislature makes sure to pay attention.
On Wednesday, April 2, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) participated in Oklahoma Agriculture Day at the State Capitol.
Handouts at the NRCS booth included information on the benefits derived
from stewardship of private agriculture lands—benefits we all enjoy,
such as cleaner water and air, and improved soils, not to mention some
great agriculture products such as beef, wheat, peanuts, corn and more.
"Conservation practices by agriculture producers in Oklahoma have a
measurable impact on communities all over the state," says NRCS Oklahoma
State Conservationist Ron Hilliard, who attended the event and helped
answer questions at the booth. "Ag Day is a great event to help educate
people on the positive benefits agriculture provides, especially when
the producers are good stewards of the land."
Ag Day has been a major event that the Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture, Food and Forestry has sponsored for over 25 years. Each
year, the Ag Day program gathers members of the agricultural industry to
promote American agriculture. The Ag Day program helps educate millions
of consumers each year, sharing how agriculture provides almost
everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis.