Posted on March 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM by Iowa Corn
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the agricultural industry for providing Americans with food for their family and fuel for their cars. Today, producers, associations, corporations, universities, government agencies, and countless others join together. This year’s National Ag Day theme is Amazing Agriculture. Amazing advances in technology, amazing ability to feed and fuel, and most amazing people who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make sure your family and their family is fed and clothed.
AgDay is a perfect time to reflect and to be thankful - Farmers work the land with respect and are proud to provide safe and abundant food, feed, fuel, and fiber in an environmentally sustainable way. As you walk the aisles of your local grocery store or stop to fill you vehicle with ethanol, please remember their story, the AMAZING story of the farmer.
National Ag Day is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the agriculture industry here in Iowa. The agriculture industry in our state has a rich history and a bright future. Iowa leads the nation in the production of corn, soybeans, hogs and eggs. Iowa is also second nationally in red meat production, cash receipts, net farm income and has an overall agricultural export value of $7 billion.
- Understanding how food and fiber products are produced.
- Valuing the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Appreciating the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
On behalf of Iowa’s corn farmers, I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating where agriculture has come and where we are headed in the future.
Mindy Williamson is the communications and public relations director for Iowa Corn. She grew up on an acreage, raising various 4-H livestock projects and tormenting her younger siblings. Mindy has a degree from Iowa State University in BPMI with an emphasis on botany and has worked in ag communications for almost 15 years. Mindy, her husband, Kevin, and their two children, live close to his families’ farming operation where they get in the way whenever possible.