Sunday, March 16, 2008

America Celebrates AgDay

AgDay Agriculture food vs. fuel debate corn ethanolAmerica will celebrate National Agriculture Day on March 20, 2008, the first day of spring.

This annual celebration of American agriculture shows support for the row crop farmers such as corn, soy and wheat growers, fruit and vegetable producers, food scientists, livestock ranchers, equipment manufacturers and others who will take our country's agriculture industry into the future.
Gerald Tumbleson National Agriculture Day ACA National Corn Growers Association"For many years, we have had a hydrocarbon economy that is dependent on oil," said Agriculture Council of American Chairman and Minnesota farmer Gerald Tumbleson. "Through technological improvements, environmentally-friendly production practices and other advancements, it's exciting that we are now moving into more of a carbohydrate economy."
Agriculture is extremely important to putting the United States on the path toward reducing its reliance on oil and embracing carbohydrates, or plant matter, as a viable strategy. Carbohydrates can be converted into chemicals, energy, textiles, building materials, paper and many other industrial products.
"Research is necessary to continue to develop products from plant matter," Tumbleson said. "Products like carpet made from corn starch instead of hydrocarbons are a way to reap the benefits of less dependence on oil, and to support the future of agriculture."
As society has shifted from nearly everyone tied to a farm to today, with fewer than 2 percent of our population directly involved in production agriculture, it's important to convey the significance of American agriculture. It's critical that the general public understand the role agriculture plays in providing our food, fiber, shelter, energy and other materials we use on a daily basis, and how it is helping us reach the goal of becoming a carbohydrate economy.

National Agriculture Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). 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.

Source: National AgDay

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