Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts recently announced that he has designated March 20, three days before National Agriculture Day, as “Meat on the Menu Day” in Nebraska.
“On this day, Nebraskans are encouraged to purchase and eat beef, pork, chicken, lamb or another kind of meat,” Ricketts said in a news release.
“Agriculture is Nebraska’s No. 1 industry, and beef is our largest segment of production,” Ricketts added. “While meat is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, there are radical anti-agriculture activists that are working to end meat production and our way of life here in Nebraska. I have designated March 20th as ‘Meat on the Menu Day’ to highlight the importance of meat in a good diet as well as to provide an opportunity to support our farmers and ranchers.”
In contrast, in February, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis designated March 20 as “MeatOut Day.” The day is a part of a national “MeatOut” campaign begun in 1985. In an open letter to farmers and ranchers in Colorado, the state’s agriculture commissioner, Kate Greenberg, responded to criticism of the MeatOut proclamation, pointing out that the designation is not a state holiday and that former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had issued a similar proclamation 10 years ago.
She also reiterated the importance of the livestock industry in Colorado, saying, in part, that it is “an essential part of Colorado’s past, present and future. No proclamation will change that.”
For the Nebraska Meat on the Menu Day, Ricketts hopes the state’s residents will visit their local restaurants, grocery stores and butcher shops to buy high-quality beef, pork, chicken or lamb.
“If we want to grow Nebraska, we must continue to grow agriculture and to stand up against radical anti-science and anti-meat activists,” Ricketts says. “Just look at the economic data. One in 4 jobs are tied to agriculture, and our state has major beef, pork and chicken operations here. The food we raise and grow helps feed the world.”
For Ricketts part in the celebration that kicked off March 15 at a meat market in Omaha, he says, “I will be eating a steak at a local restaurant on Saturday, March 20.”