Celebrating farmers on Tuesday

Andrew Cummings
March 21, 2017

The Food Security is National Security Act of 2017 would help ensure American agriculture is represented when the federal government scrutinizes proposals by foreign companies to merge or buy out US food and agriculture companies.

National Ag Week is a time to appreciate the American agricultural industry for providing safe, abundant and affordable product.

The National Ag Day program was started in 1973 and is now held once every March. 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.

In addition to the events in Washington, D.C., on March 21, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day Essay Contest in addition to an Ag Day Photography Contest. This year's theme spotlights the hard work of American producers who work tirelessly to provide food, fiber, and more to the United States and countries around the world.I am honored to administer programs that enable our producers to manage their risks when the agriculture industry faces hardship.

We honor our farmers and ranchers, who provide nearly everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis.

Ag Day is about recognizing - and celebrating - the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. More than 97 percent of Iowa farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 Census of Agriculture, are owned by families. This is particularly true in our schools today where students may be exposed to agriculture only if they enroll in related vocational training - if it even exists. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more - and doing it better.

With the planet's population projected to grow to 7.5 billion by 2020, people everywhere have good reason to give thanks for the magnificent success story that is American agriculture.

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