FSA celebrates National Ag Day
Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Trisha McMonagle encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Minnesota on Tuesday, National Ag Day. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”
McMonagle, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crow Wing/Cass/Aitkin/Itasca FSA county executive director, said the USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for 7 billion people.
“We recognize the importance of agriculture and hope that the recent passage of a new Farm Bill is a sign that 2014 will be a ‘banner year for the industry,” said McMonagle. There is no better way to show our support for farmers and ranchers than to begin implementing a new Farm Bill — legislation that will provide farmers, ranchers and consumers alike supportive results.”
While the American economy is rebounding and gaining strength, the agricultural economy has remained strong and at its best. Looking ahead, the U.S. has seen a trend towards aging farmers; however, according to the recent Census of Agriculture, the nation is beginning to reverse that trend. There is an increase in the number of farmers under the age of 35.
Ag Day is a project of the Agriculture Council of America. For further Ag Day information and events visit www.agday.org. For information on programs administered by FSA, please contact your local FSA office or visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov.