It's National Agriculture Week
March 9, 2012

National Agriculture Week was celebrated this week and was a time to honor the farmers and ranchers involved in the agriculture industry. The focus was on the awareness of agriculture in everyone's lives and includes production of everything from aquaculture to fiber production, fruits, nuts, vegetables, livestock, poultry, milk, eggs, grain, greenhouse production and Christmas trees. 
 
The message of National Agriculture Week was to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. The program encourages every American to understand how food and fiber 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. 
 
Each American farmer or rancher feeds more than 144 people. This is a dramatic increase from the 25 people that each producer fed in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more and doing it better.