National Ag Day is March 25, 2014. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. It is a day that anyone involved in agriculture from farmers to universities to consumers can come together to celebrate the contributions that agriculture provides.
Coordinated by the Agriculture Council of America, the celebration doesn't just end in Washington, D.C., where there will be a ceremony and dinner. Consider having a celebration on your farm -- there are some great resources at www.agday.org to help in planning your own Ag Day event.
National Ag Day started in 1973. The goal is to help Americans understand how food and fiber are produced and what impact agriculture has on our daily lives and the economy.
The theme for this year is "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed."
How might you celebrate National Ag Day on your farm? The 2014 theme suggests some great ideas for where to start. Share sunrise pictures regularly. Talk about how your farm helps feed others and where your production goes after harvest. Agriculture is very visually stimulating, so sharing pictures about the day-to-day happenings on your farm can be very exciting to others.
If you haven't planned an activity for National Ag Day, some easy things to do would be to invite someone out to the farm for a few hours or for you to talk about your farm on social media. To keep with the National Ag Day theme, share a sunrise photo from your farm on March 25. If you have a little time to prepare, perhaps you could speak to a local class about your farm or have a display at a farmers market or grocery store.
National Ag Day would be a great way to launch bigger activities throughout the spring, such as inviting visitors out to learn about planting or see the recently born animals on your farm, working with your local school on an on-going basis, or making a commit to sharing about your farm regularly on social media.