By Julie Tomascik

Agriculture is food, fiber and fuel. It’s families and a legacy of caring for the land. Agriculture is a variety of careers, too. And it’s all celebrated on National Ag Day, March 13.

National Ag Day recognizes the farmers and ranchers who fuel America’s economy.

This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

The annual event is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber community. Ag Day was first launched in 1973. Since then, ACA has continued to dedicate efforts to increase the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.

The National Ag Day program encourages Americans to understand how food and fiber products are grown and to value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. The program also seeks to highlight career opportunities in a variety of agriculture-related careers.

President Donald Trump has proclaimed today as National Ag Day, marking the third year the administration has publicly recognized the day as a salute to the contributions of America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

Click here to view the full proclamation.

ACA will host events in the nation’s capital on March 13-14 and will bring about 100 college students to deliver the message of agricultural awareness and literacy to Capitol Hill.

The group encourages local agricultural organizations to host events in their communities to raise awareness about agriculture and connect consumers with farmers and ranchers.

See more on social media by following the hashtags #NationalAgDay and #AgDay19.

Click here for more information about Ag Day.