3-19-18

March 20th is National Ag Day, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.

As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States. The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:

1. understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced. 

2. value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

3. appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. 

4. acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Each year, members of the agricultural industry gather together to promote American agriculture. This effort helps educate millions of consumers. By far, the most effective part of this program is the role you play in helping spread the word. 

One of our Ag Week local sponsors is Williams Tractor. Casey Stewart gives us his opinion on the state of agriculture as he sees it.....

3-20-18

Today, March 20th, marks National Agriculture Day. Agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry, adding around $16 billion to the state’s economy every year. The Natural State’s diverse landscape and climate produce a wide variety of agricultural products. Arkansas is a major exporter of rice, soybeans, cotton, poultry and feed grains. There are around 50,000 farms statewide and 97 percent of Arkansas’ farms are family-owned. A mere 16 percent of Arkansas’ farms account for a whopping 92 percent of production. 

This is the 45th Anniversary of National Ag Day. That's over 40 years of recognizing agriculture's role in American life, and that's certainly an achievement worth celebrating!

We know that food and fiber doesn't just arrive at the grocery or clothing store . . . or magically appear on our dinner table or in our closet. There's an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful and safe food for consumption . . . as well as a wide range of comfortable, fashionable clothing choices. We rely on agriculture for the very necessities of life. From beef and pork to cotton and corn, agriculture is working harder than ever to meet the needs of Americans and others around the world.

And it's important to remember that American agriculture is not just doing it, but doing it better and more effectively! Consider this: 

· Each American farmer feeds about 144 people. Agriculture is America's #1 export. 

· New technology means farmers are more environmentally friendly than ever before.

That's really what this day is all about . . . recognizing the role of agriculture - and celebrating it. 

3-21-18

National Ag Day. March 20th, is a day to recognize the role of American agriculture in our daily lives and the efforts of those who shape the American food system. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining the U.S. economy.

Our National Ag Day feature today is with Chris Meador. Chris is himself a cattle and poultry producer, rancher, farmer and Agri Lender at Cornerstone Bank Berryville.......

Thanks to Chris Meador. 

March 18 - 24, 2018

What Is Ag Day?

It's a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

When Is Ag Day?

Ag Day is celebrated on March 20, 2018. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, March 18-24, 2018. 

What Is Ag Day All About?

Ag Day is about recognizing - and celebrating - the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

Why Celebrate Agriculture?

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.

By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.

Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more - and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.