Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

March 22, 2014

FSA celebrates National Ag Day

INDIANAPOLIS – Julia A. Wickard, state executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate Indiana’s hard working farmers on March 25, National Ag Day.

This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

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 Wickard. “There is no better way to show our support for Hoosier farmers than to begin implementing a new Farm Bill – legislation that will provide farmers 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.

And although the agriculture industry promises a bright future, many farmers are still recovering from natural disasters that have occurred over the last several years. Fortunately, these producers were still able to grow the commodities that Americans rely on in order to remain a food-secure nation. Indiana farmers have also continued their legacy of protecting natural resources and environmentally sensitive land through the use of conservation programs.

Please join FSA in celebrating America’s farmers – a selfless group of individuals who make up less than two percent of the world’s population. They feed our country and make our nation secure. And, they supply quality foods to the rest of the world’s seven billion people.

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