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NRCS Helps Oklahoma Celebrate Ag Day

NRCS Helps Oklahoma Celebrate Ag Day

Public Affairs Specialist Terri Daniel, talks to an Ag Day visitor about the types of services NRCS provides landowners in Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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.

By Dee Ann Littlefield, public affairs specialist, Waurika, OK
NRCS April 2008

Last Modified: 04/07/2008

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