The annual National Ag Day celebration has long played a major role in helping people understand where their food and fiber comes from and how important agriculture is to our national economy. The live Ag Day events for 2020, which were scheduled to take place March 24 in the nation’s capital, are canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The planned events were going to include:
- Celebration of Agriculture on the National Mall
- Proclamation event at the USDA’s offices
- Celebration of Ag reception
- Collegiate Hill visits
While the live events won’t be taking place, March 24 is still being recognized as National Ag Day, and there are tools available to promote farmers on social media and with traditional media outlets.
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. The 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