The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) joined farmers and other agricultural associations across the country to celebrate the importance of American agriculture during the 45th National Agriculture Day on March 20.

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) joined farmers and other agricultural associations across the country to celebrate the importance of American agriculture during the 45th National Agriculture Day on March 20.

“National Ag Day gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase agriculture across the United States in all its amazing diversity — from corn, soybeans, and wheat in the Midwest to cotton, rice, and peanuts in the South and including fruit, vegetables, and nuts along the East and West Coasts and dairy and livestock nationwide,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “Today, even though fewer and fewer of our fellow citizens have a direct connection to the farm, consumer interest in where and how their food was produced is higher than ever. Events like National Ag Day are essential to connecting with consumers and telling the fantastic success story of American agriculture.”

“The conversation this year is especially timely, as both the House and Senate agriculture committees look to begin work on a new farm bill in the coming weeks,” Conner continued. “This debate will be especially critical this year, as farmers across the country continue to struggle through the fourth year of low commodity prices and uncertainty over trade and tax policy.”

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.

Founded in 1973, National Ag Day encourages every American to:

• Understand how food and fiber products are produced.

• Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant, and affordable products.

• Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

• Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, and fiber industry.

Learn more and register for events at www.agday.org.

About NCFC

Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.

America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.