In honor of the hard work and commitment of America's producers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week 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.
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.
Referring to the role American agriculture plays in protecting against prolonged consequences of natural disasters around the world, Vilsack said that U.S. agriculture is always available to feed and clothe its people. Agriculture accounts for one-fifth of the nation's economic activity, placing farmers and ranchers at the forefront of the nation's security.