Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says it was cause for celebration today at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. to recognize the hard work and immense contributions of America’s farmers and ranchers.
“We want people to take a moment to thank a farmer or appreciate the benefits they provide. There’s so little knowledge in this country – with 99-percent of Americans no longer farming or ranching – so little understanding about where food comes from.”
Merrigan says they hosted about 150 FFA students and farmers from all over the U.S.
“Talking about how we have a need for them on our working lands across the country and in the halls of USDA, celebrating some outstanding young farmers. That’s how we started our day and there are all kinds of events throughout the day.”
Merrigan tells Brownfield a dinner tonight on the Ag Department patio is being held for a number of agriculture leaders from all different sectors of the industry.
Today is National Ag Day, part of National Agriculture Week across the country.