National Ag Day: March 14th

National Ag Day: March 14th.

What is Ag Day all About?
National Ag Day has been held since 1973 and is a way to increase public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society.  National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American Agriculture.  Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and other across the country join together in recognition- and appreciate of agriculture in our country.

Why Celebrate Agriculture?
Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis.  But few too many people truly understand this contribution.  Each American farmer feeds more than 1695 people- a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.

It’s not just the farmer who makes our food possible.  The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, are vital links in a chain that brings food to every citizen- and million of people abroad.  It is easy to take agriculture for granted in America.  Our food is readily accessible and safe.  For this, we’re unbelievably fortunate.  That is enough reason to celebrate and be grateful for American agriculture!

Nebraska Agricultural Facts1

  • 91% of the state’s total land area is utilized for farms and ranches
  • 1 in 4 jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture
  • Every dollar in agricultural exports generates $1.28 in economic activities such as transportation, financing, warehousing and production.  Nebraska’s $6.58 billion in agricultural exports generates $8 billion in additional economic activity
  • The average age of a Nebraska farmer or rancher is 56

First State understands the importance of the agriculture community- and wants to thank and recognize all farmers for their work and dedication.