WASHINGTON—March 24th marks National Agriculture Day in the United States.
President Donald Trump proclaimed today as National Ag Day, marking the fourth year that the administration has publicly recognized National Ag Day as a salute to the contributions of America’s farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.
The proclamation highlights the timeless American values of hard work, perseverance, and stewardship of the land. It also stresses that farmers provide the foundation of a national economic supply chain that is critical to our national security and prosperity.
It’s also a time when agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.
US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue took the time to personally thank the millions of workers that work to make sure Americans have access to food.
As social distancing becomes the norm for more people in this country, The Ag Secretary wants to remind people that not all people can work from home during these trying times.
“I just want to want to speak from my heart to all the folks out there are working on the frontlines of our food supply chain,” said Perdue who emphasized that Americans are spoiled by plentifulness of food.
“Farmers have supplied us an abundant, healthy, wholesome, affordable and available food and that we take farmers for granted,” said Perdue.
The Ag Secretary also praised the millions of invisible Americans working to keep food on the table.
“From the people that stock shelves, the people that are driving trucks to get this food to us. The people who are processing the food and the people that grow the food and all the vendors that supply our farmers to help them grow the food. Whether it's fertilizer or feed or seed they’re producing or any other input, thank you so much for what you’re doing,” said Perdue.
Perdue adds that USDS food inspectors are also continuing to work on the front lines working long hours and risking illness.