Vice President Mike Pence will kick of National Ag Day on Tuesday March 20, commemorating President Donald J. Trump’s National Agriculture Day Proclamation at the USDA in Washington, D.C. Following an introduction by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the Vice President will speak to youth agriculture leaders, as well as members of Congress, USDA officials, and prominent members of the agriculture community.
This will mark the 45th anniversary of National Ag Day, which is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) and celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2018 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.”
On March 20, 2018, ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including an event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration.
Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day. These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students, and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.
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.
In addition to the events in Washington, DC on March 20, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day Essay Contest. The winning essay will be presented on National Ag Day.