Happy National Ag Day!
It doesn’t matter where you live, what you do, or your background – agriculture touches each of our lives on a daily basis. If you are wearing clothes and eating food – you’re depending on ag. Agriculture is defined by the USDA as the practices that produce food, fuel, and fiber.
National Ag Day, celebrated annually on March 24th, is a campaign created by the Agriculture Council of America to recognize what is provided by agriculture as well as its presence in our daily lives. It also serves to highlight the massive role agriculture plays in our economy.
On average, an American farmers feeds 165 people daily. According to the CDFA, California produces over 400 commodities, over 1/3 of the country’s vegetables, and 2/3 of the country’s fruits and nuts. In 2018, California farmers and ranchers contributed approximately $50 billion towards the economy. Stanislaus County alone is ranked the 6th top ag county in the state, contributing $3.2 billion in 2019.
During these uncertain times we’re experiencing, agriculture has been technically classified as an “essential industry”– and for good reason! Regardless of what our human lives can look like, our livestock and crops require detailed attention and maintenance. The ag industry doesn’t stop or turn off for Christmas or COVID19. Animals still need fresh food and water administered daily. Dairy cows still have to be milked. Crops still need to be cared for.
This is an essential industry not only for the people who it employs, but also for the nations in which it feeds. AC&C is proud to be supporting and promoting this vital industry through our personal missions and on behalf of our ag clients.
Since we are presently in our homes “sheltering in place,” please join us in celebrating and thinking about what National Ag Day means to each of us. For everyone, it’s the food we eat and the clothes we wear. For some of us lucky ones, it’s our job. For consumers, it’s also the social media we’re soaking in as we’re out of school and #WFH, including TikToks of dairy farmers milking cows, a Mid-West farmer unwrapping of hay, and farm tours.
Want to see more from ag industry? Just search #ag on any social media platform!
Stay healthy, stay home, and thank a farmer!