When you’re a farmer, every day feels like Ag Day. But this week it’s official. National Ag Day is Wednesday, March 18. There are celebrations and events going on around the country to recognize your contributions.
At Valley®, we’re proud to work with growers around the world; growers who play a vital role in feeding the world and sustaining future generations.
According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, farmers will become even more important as the world population is projected to increase 40 percent by 2050.
Right now, only 20 percent of the world’s croplands are irrigated, but that irrigated cropland produces 40 percent of the global harvest. Plus, yield on irrigated farms is 100 to 400 percent higher for most crops.
These figures make it clear that growers who irrigate make an even greater difference.
Thank you for all you do for me, my family, my colleagues, for Valley and for the future.
So, why are you proud to be a farmer? On National Ag Day, turn to social media and tell the world why you are Agriculture Proud. Use #AgProud and #AgDay2015 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And search those hashtags to see what others are saying.
I also found a couple Facebook pages worth checking out, to see how much farmers are appreciated:
If you find other sites or blogs, share them with us in the comment section below.
And, while we're talking about appreciation, here are a couple other ways to spread the love.
Monsanto’s Farm Mom of the Year contest is accepting nominations through March 31.
- Do you know an amazing farm mom? One who works tirelessly to support her family, farm, community and the future of agriculture? Nominate her for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize here.
Valent is sponsoring the Relentless Spirit of the American Farmer contest, which could earn your local community $1,000.
- Share your story or the story of your neighbor, your family member or friend. What makes this person relentless? How has their determination and drive shaped who they are and how they farm. The deadline is March 21. Learn more and submit an entry here.
Through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, your local public school district could win a grant to enhance its math or science programs.
- Nominate your school district to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant here by April 1. Nominated school districts can then submit grant applications through April 15.