Thanks to farmers, ranchers

National Agriculture Day, farmers, ranchers

Photo by Mark Goodson/The Highlander
Longhorns graze on ranchland near the Llano Slab Road.

Today, Tuesday, March 15, is the day to say thank you to all our farmers and ranchers. It is National Agriculture Day.

“This is the day folks across the country gather to recognize and celebrate the great accomplishments of American agriculture, said Val Dolcini, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. “This year’s theme is 'American Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet'.”

“For me, it brings to mind the important environmental achievements of farmers and ranchers enrolled in FSA’s conservation reserve program,” Dolcini continued. “For over 30 years, these dedicated stewards of the land have worked hard to maintain and improve the soil and natural resources passed on to future generations.

“For example, did you know that these farmers and ranchers singlehandedly reduced soil erosion by more than 9 billion tons, and sequestered 1.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases? That’s equivalent to taking 9 million cars off the road every year. Now that’s an accomplishment we can be proud of on this Ag Day.”

To find out more about National Agriculture Day, visit www.agday.org.

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