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ACA to highlight role of farmers on National Ag Day

On March 15 the Agriculture Council of America will host three major events in the nation's capital: Coffee with the Secretary, the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Abundant. Affordable. AMAZING."

The events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.

A morning coffee event will be held at the USDA Whitten Building Patio from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, is the invited guest of honor.

The annual Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon will be held at the HC-5 Room in the Capitol, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but advance reservations are required. Approximately 50 student delegates from FFA, 4-H, the Consortium, Student NAMA and AFA will be in attendance, along with Outstanding Farmer of the Year honorees.

The National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner will follow at the USDA Whitten Building Patio at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.agday.org.

This is the 38th anniversary of National Ag Day (March 15, 2011), which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.

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.

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.



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