Washington, D.C. (March 15, 2016) — The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) joins farmers and other agricultural associations across the country to celebrate the importance of American agriculture during the 43rd National Agriculture Day on March 15.
“National Ag Day gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase agriculture and recognize the contributions that our farmers, ranchers and growers make to providing Americans with a healthy and abundant food supply,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “Today, even though fewer and fewer of our fellow citizens have a direct connection to the farm, consumer interest in where and how their food was produced is higher than ever. Events like National Ag Day are essential to connecting with consumers and telling the fantastic success story of American agriculture.”
“It is especially appropriate that this conversation is happening this week, as the issue of labeling foods containing biotech ingredients is debated on the floor of the United States Senate,” Conner continued. “For too long, the GMO debate in the public square has been one sided, and that side has been the one opposed to the use of modern technology to grow food in a more sustainable way. Events like National Ag Day are an important step that those of us in agriculture can take to help change this dynamic.”
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.
Founded in 1973, National Ag Day encourages every American to:
- 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.
Learn more and register for events at www.agday.org.