President Donald Trump has proclaimed today as National Ag Day. This year marks the third year that the administration has publicly recognized National Ag Day as a salute to the contributions of America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.
The proclamation highlights the important role America’s farmers and ranchers play in leading the world in producing food, feed, fuel, and fiber and pays tribute to the men and women who expand opportunities for prosperity, economic development, and food security. Agriculture and related industries, accounting for 5.5 percent of the gross domestic product, are vital to the nation’s economic success.
The proclamation stated, “On National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the immeasurable value farmers, ranchers, growers, producers, and foresters contribute to our Nation. America’s agriculture families and communities lead the world in producing food, feed, fuel, and fiber. Today, we pay tribute to the men and women who expand opportunities for prosperity, economic development, and food security by cultivating the land across our country.”
Isabella Chism, chairman of the board for the Agriculture Council of America, the national organization charged with promoting National Ag Day, said receiving this type of recognition from the administration and USDA greatly enhances the stature of National Ag Day, as well as the many local and state Ag Day activities planned around the country. “More importantly, it reminds everyone that the affordable, abundant and nutritious food that they depend on every day comes to them thanks to the hard work and resilience of 2 million American farmers and ranchers.”
The Trump Administration celebrates the American farmer today. “The American farmer embodies the timeless virtues of our Nation: hard work, self-reliance, and dedication to family. On this National Agriculture Day, we express our gratitude to those who feed and clothe us, fuel our economy, and inspire us with their determination and perseverance.”
You can find the full proclamation here.