Published: Wed, March 22, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Celebrating Food from Farm to Plate

Celebrating Food from Farm to Plate

The average American farm feeds about 168 people worldwide, and 1 in 5 Iowans go to work because of agriculture.

The theme for 2017's edition of National Ag Day is "Agriculture: Food For Life". The event will take place at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

To join in, please register here.

National Ag Week runs through the 25th this week. 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.

Sunrise 7 got into the National Ag Day celebration by visiting Juedes' farm and learning morning farm activities like feeding and milking cows and calves. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining the US economy.

Still, too few people understand and appreciate this contribution.

"Each generation moves farther away from any connection to a farm or a ranch, so having an Ag Day is great to remember. that milk ends up in a grocery store, but that's not really where it comes from-nor beef, nor bread, nor any of the other things", he said. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training. Between living in the country and having a grandfather who is a farmer and corn dealer, Elliott has had the opportunity to see the importance of agriculture firsthand.

Agriculture has a $25.6 billion impact on South Dakota's economy each year.

American agriculture creates new jobs every year, from manufacturing, to packaging, processing, trucking and marketing in hometowns and big cities from coast to coast.

According to the ACA, each farmer is responsible for feeding more than 144 people.

The agricultural sector in the United States has become incredibly efficient at producing a wide array of products.

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