In honor of the hard work and commitment of America's producers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has recognized the nation's farmers and ranchers as part of National Ag Day for the part they play in providing food, fiber and fuel to billions of people worldwide. Agriculture accounts for one-fifth of the nation's economic activity, placing farmers and ranchers at the forefront of the nation's security.
Referring to the role American agriculture plays in protecting against prolonged consequences of natural disasters around the world, Vilsack said U.S. agriculture is always available to feed and clothe its people. Vilsack added that agriculture touches everyone's life in one way or another, yet our farmers and ranchers can often be overlooked for the important work they do, and we should all take time during this day to thank producers for a job well done.
National Ag Day is an event set aside to celebrate the contributions of agriculture in our everyday lives. It encourages Americans to learn more about how their food, fiber and fuel products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.