Agriculture Council of America Announces 2014 National Ag Day Date
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 25, 2014. This will mark the 41st anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”
On March 25, 2014. The ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill.
These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. 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.
The National Ag Day program 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.
In addition to the events in Washington, DC on March 25, the ACA will once again feature the Ag Day Essay Contest as well as the 2014 Ag Day Poster Art Contest.
Monday, March 24
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
- Panel: Farm to Fork Politics: An insider’s look at the year ahead for food and agriculture
- Moderated by: Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse
- Tentative Venue: Hart 902
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
- Reception with Food and Drink Immediately Following
- Sponsored by Agri-Pulse
- Free of Charge
- Please RSVP for this event at www.nama.org/agday.htm
Tuesday, March 25
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
- The Great American Wheat Harvest
- National Premiere Screening & Breakfast Reception
- Join us for a first look at this new documentary film that celebrates and tells the story of the American Wheat Harvest. This film connects consumers with the people who produce and harvest the crops that feed the world. This event is FREE OF CHARGE.
- Venue: National Museum of the American Indian
- You must RSVP for this event at gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Mix & Mingle Luncheon
- Venue: TBD
- Program: 11:30 – Noon
- Lunch: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
- Emcee: Orion Samuelson
- Speakers: Outstanding Young Farmer
- Charles Eastin Award Presentation
- Political Speaker to be named
- Free of charge. Please RSVP for this event at www.nama.org/agday.htm
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
- USFRA Panel
- Venue: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
- Congressional A Room
- 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
- Washington, DC 20001
- Free of Charge
- The Next Generation of America’s Farmers and Ranchers: The next generation of farmers and ranchers is the inspiration for this panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. Join a panel discussion focused on what it means to be a farmer or rancher taking over responsibility for their family business in today’s environment. What are the challenges and opportunities for the next generation? What more can be done to support this group and inspire more people to become involved in agriculture? To register, please visit www.fooddialogues.com/ag-day-2014.
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Celebration of Agriculture Dinner
- Venue: Whitten Patio USDA Building
- Emcee: Orion Samuelson
- Speaker: Secretary of Agriculture- Tentative
- Essay Contest Winner
- Video Essay to be played, Poster art on display
- This is a ticketed event.
- $150 per person or $1,500 for a reserved table of 10.
- To register for the Celebration of Agriculture Dinner visit http://www.nama.org/index.php
Come visit the Farmers Feeding the World’s interactive HungerU exhibit that highlights the contributions agriculture has made towards fighting the global hunger crisis and challenges you to take action as a member of the global community. Visitors to HungerU are given the opportunity to join the thousands who comprise our national advocacy network to stay informed about hunger issues and ways they can take action to be part of the solution.
Keep checking www.agday.org for more information on National Ag Day in 2014.