March 4-10 marks National Ag Week, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
Why would individuals involved in agriculture volunteer time and energy to celebrate National Ag Day? If you're reading this, that question is probably moot! Like you, the Agriculture Council of America and its supporters are committed to increasing public awareness about American agriculture. As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.
The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:
n understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.
n value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
n appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
n acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.
At Saturday's Legislative Town Hall meeting at the Regional Wellness Center. Sen. Jack Kibbie noted that North Dakota and Wyoming are the only states in the country better off than Iowa. While North Dakota has oil and Wyoming coal, Kibbie said Iowa's ag and renewable fuels economy are putting it in the position our state currently enjoys.
"It's as good as it ever has been," said Kibbie.
Whether you're directly involved in agriculture or not, chances are that you benefit indirectly in some way. It could be the farmers that shop in your store or the taxes farmers pay to support our schools. Or maybe you or a family member works in the ethanol or biodiesel industry Wherever you go in Iowa, there's some benefit from agriculture.
So celebrate. And thank those farmers who make our state what it is - one of the best in the country.