Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2011)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) joined with others from across the agricultural community today in celebrating National Agriculture Day, a day to recognize the great achievements that American farmers, ranchers and their co-ops have made in providing consumers here in the United States and around the world with a safe, affordable and bountiful food supply.
“National Agriculture Day gives us a fantastic opportunity to put a farmer’s face on agriculture and to remind all Americans—whether they live in rural areas, the suburbs or the city—that we all have a stake in a productive and prosperous agricultural sector,” said NCFC President and CEO Chuck Conner. “This year’s celebration is also very timely from NCFC’s perspective, coming as it does as the organization and its members celebrate the Year of the Farmer Co-op.
“Farmer cooperatives are a cornerstone of agriculture and have been essential to fostering the true success story that we see as we look out across rural America today,” Conner continued. “Throughout this Year of the Farmer Co-op, we will showcase how America’s farmer-owned businesses enable their producer-members to thrive in a global marketplace, how they create jobs and economic growth across the country, and how they provide for consumers around the globe.”
This is the 39th anniversary of National Ag Day (March 8, 2012), which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. 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.
The National Ag Day program 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 at www.agday.org.
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.