What is Ag Day?

Agriculture is sort of a big word but a simple concept at its heart agriculture equals food

While it seems unlikely that many Iowans need to be reminded that agriculture is vital to this state, this is a good time to recall just how impressive American agriculture truly has become.

The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level. This is an event meant to encourage college students around the nation to celebrate modern agriculture.

At FMI, we take the responsibility of food and nutrition very seriously.

Q: What policies are on the table in Congress that affect American agriculture? The resulting exports help offset trade deficits in other areas of the economy. The federal government also must recognize that food security is a matter of national security. That's why I've introduced bipartisan legislation that would give USA agriculture - by granting the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services - permanent seats at the table on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will be honoring the day by co-sponsoring a panel on Smart Farming: Producing Sustainable, Nutritious Food for Life with National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and American Agricultural Editors' Association (AAEA).

Today, on National Agriculture Day, FMI celebrates the entire supply chain from the ground to the refrigerator. This year's theme is "Agriculture: Food for Life". Keeping in touch with young leaders in 4-H and FFA gives me perspective on the challenges and opportunities in store for American agriculture.

Agriculture has always been a part of Elliott's life.

President Trump has proposed a new fiscal 2018 budget for the Department of Agriculture, prompting criticism from the biggest general farm groups in the U.S. And the size of the farm doesn't dictate ownership: 88 percent of all USA farms are small family farms, with less than $350,000 in gross cash farm income. They hail from communities in every state, territory, and district in the United States and positively influence the diets, food savings, food safety practices, and physical activity of their neighbors who participate in EFNEP programs.

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