Washington Events Highlight National Celebration of Agriculture

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Jennifer Pickett

Agriculture Council of America

11020 King Street, Suite 205

Overland Park, KS 66210




Washington Events Highlight National Celebration of Agriculture

Agriculture Council of America Organizes Spotlight on Agriculture


On March 12, the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host two major events in the nationís Capitol: the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner.


The events kick off National Agriculture Week and mark a nationwide effort to recognize the importance and contribution of agriculture every day in the lives of Americans. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.


The annual Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon will be held at the Cannon House Office Building at 12:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but advance reservations are required. Approximately 50 student delegates from FFA, 4-H and AFA will be in attendance. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is the Invited Speaker. 


The National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner will follow at the USDA Whitten Building Patio at 5:30 p.m. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been invited to speak. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.agday.org.


This is the 36th anniversary of National Ag Day (March 20, 2009), which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country and is part of National Ag Week (March 15-21, 2009).


National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. 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. Ag Day sponsors include partners ADM and John Deere.


The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:


         Understand how food and fiber products are produced.

         Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

         Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

         Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.


Learn more at www.agday.org.