Ag Day Celebrated in Washington DC
Each year, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is proud supporter of National Agriculture Day, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. Ag Day is nation-wide effort to tell the story of American agriculture. This year’s theme was “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations”.
“Ag Day encourages every American to understand how food and fiber are produced, the role of agriculture in a strong economy and our role in providing safe, abundant and affordable food. With over 729,000 beef producers, an economic impact of over $44 billion, and over $7 billion in exports, America’s beef producers make a major contribution, not just to rural America, but the economy as a whole,” explained Colin Woodall, chair of Agriculture Council of America Board of Directors and NCBA vice president of government affairs.
This year, Ag Day in Washington, D.C. began panel discussion on farm to fork politics. The panel focused on innovative techniques to produce food, fiber, fuel and pharmaceuticals. Following the discussion, an array of events engaged participants throughout the day including a breakfast briefing with industry experts discussing issues on biotechnology, sustainability, big data, research and advancements in agriculture.
This year’s Ag Day also celebrated women farmers and ranchers. Marji Guyler-Alaniz, a native of Iowa, documented women and their roles in agriculture through photographs which were on display as part of the FarmHer Exhibit at the USDA.
Later that morning, a mix-and-mingle luncheon on Capitol Hill, hosted by National Radio Hall of Famer Orion Samuelson included guest speaker Congressman Michael Conaway (R-Texas). In attendance were students from FFA, 4-H, and National Agri-Marketing Association along with leaders in agriculture from across the nation. Students met with their congressional leaders and spread the word on agriculture education and its importance.
That evening agriculture leaders attended a Celebration of Agriculture Dinner held at the USDA. During the event, the Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award was presented to Dennis Pennington of Michigan State University Extension. This award is given to those who advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences.
Ag Day opens opportunities for agriculture leaders to share their story and connect with Americans on the crucial role agriculture to feed the growing population throughout the world.