Fresno, Calif., (March 22, 2017) – “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker’, so God made a Farmer.” -Paul Harvey, ‘So God Made a Farmer’ Speech delivered to the National FFA, November 1978
Statement by CEO Ryan Jacobsen: “Three or more times a day, eaters around this country and world consume the incredible bounty that America’s farmers and ranchers produce. Without celebration, their tireless hands collectively work in unison to bring in the safest, most wholesome and affordable food supply on the planet. These behind-the-scenes efforts are not noticed by most in our society whose frequent visits to produce-stocked supermarkets and restaurants have come to be an expectation without ever thinking twice about who grew or raised it.
“Farming and ranching is a lifestyle…a responsibility one takes on because he or she innately has the agricultural spirit in them. While the only certainty about living off the land is the uncertainty it provides, those who are a part of the industry appreciate the life it offers. The markets and the weather are still challenges one must face; however, the future of our livelihoods are now more intertwined with policymakers who have never walked a furrow yet determine the success, or in many cases, the failure, of our ag enterprises.
“As our society has evolved, so has California agriculture. Technology, cutting-edge equipment and infrastructure has revolutionized how our industry produces food. Yet, in so many cases, it still takes a pair of hands to delicately bring delicious, perishable food to your table.
“Today, March 21, National Ag Day (NAD), is set aside to pause and say ‘thank you’ to the men and women of the agricultural industry. From seed to sow and bank to barn, our collective industry of professionals – from farmer and rancher to pest control advisers, ag suppliers, bankers and more – must be recognized for the tremendous job they do in feeding and clothing a growing population. What we have agriculturally-speaking in the San Joaquin Valley is not replicated anywhere else. None of it has happened by accident. Generations of agriculturists have built what we see. Today we celebrate the stewards of our land.”
NAD and National Ag Week (NAW); is a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.
As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States.
The NAD program believes that every American should:
- Understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.
- Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
- Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.
In Fresno County alone, FCFB celebrates the more than 5,600 farms, which produce over 400 different crops amounting to over $6.61 billion in agricultural production in 2015, making it one of the leading food and fiber producing counties in the state and nation. Every meal is an opportunity to thank those farmers and ranchers who feed us.
Locally, at their March 16 meeting, the Fresno City Council recognized NAW. In the proclamation, the City Council encouraged “all citizens to be supportive and appreciative of the incredible contributions farmers and ranchers make daily to our community and economy.”
To learn more about NAD, visit www.agday.org.