is a Special Edition Ag Day newsletter produced by the Agriculture Council
of America to highlight the 2003 National Ag Day's Celebration of Agriculture.
For more information about Ag Day or the Agriculture Council of America,
Agriculture Day will celebrate 30 years, on March 21, 2003 with producers,
agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies
and countless others across America gathering to celebrate the abundance
provided by agriculture on this first day of spring.
its 30th year, the National Ag Day program is still committed to increasing
public awareness about American agriculture. As the world population
grows, there is even greater demand for the food and fiber that the
United States produces.
The National Agriculture Day program
believes that every American should understand how food and fiber
products are produced and should value the essential role of agriculture
in maintaining a strong economy. They should appreciate the role agriculture
plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. National
Agriculture Day focuses on educating Americans about the industry,
so they may also acknowledge and consider career opportunities in
the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
Join in the celebration of agriculture
March 16-22, 2003!
to Ag Day Partner John
Deere, this year's poster requests are through the roof! Over
the next few years, the National Ag Day poster will celebrate agriculture
by depicting agriculture products from various region's of the country.
The 2003 "A Celebration of Agriculture"
poster, features the West Coast with photo's courtesy of Grant Heilman
Photography & John Deere. As an Ag Day Supporter, expect to see
a copy of the poster in your mailbox soon! If you are interested in
ordering more posters or posters from previous years', you can do so
on-line by visiting, www.agday.org.
Agriculture Council of America wants to thank Hy-Vee,
Inc. for understanding the importance of American agriculture.
Throughout the month of March, Hy-Vee will distributing grocery bags
at every store with the National Ag Day logo on them, making shoppers
more aware of the importance of agriculture.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation
operating more than 200 retail stores in seven Midwestern states. Hy-Vee
ranks among the top 15 supermarket chains in the nation. Hy-Vee has
established a distribution system that secures the highest quality merchandise
and transports it quickly and efficiently to their customers. Who better
to help us with the celebration of agriculture?
the help of our sponsors, the Celebration of Agriculture is growing
strong. People from across the nation started their planning for this
year's celebration by ordering the 2003 Ag Day Planning Guide which
was made possible by the Altria
Shared Solutions Agricultural Intitiative (formerly Philip Morris.)
The Ag Day Planning Guide was so successful, that we are now out of
stock. However, the Guide can be downloaded in an Adobe .PDF format
via the web site.
The guides contain helpful tools such as
facts about ag day, a letter to the editor (for people to submit to
their local papers to express the need for a celebration), an Ag Day
Introduction letter to help kick-off an Ag Day event, agriculture talking
points, and an Ag Day evaluation form for those planning an event to
let us know how it went.
In addition to the Guide, other planning
tools are available on the web by visiting www.agday.org.
Ag Day Media
In addition to the planning guide and other
useful planning aids on the web site, tools are also available for the
media. The media section of the web site contains a feature story about
Ag Day as well as three different news releases, an agriculture fact
sheet, radio scripts, logo's and advertisements.
These tools are handy for submitting to
local radio stations and newspapers to help spread the celebration of
your support of National Agriculture Day on March 21 by wearing this pin.
These pins are provided by DuPont agricultural
businesses, DuPont/Crop Protection and Pioneer Hi-Bred International,
Inc. who have provided products and technology to support farmers for
more than 75 years.
pins will be distributed to the national TV media, the ag media as well
as the ag industry so that they may wear the pin on the air and help
to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Ag Day. To request additional
pins contact Mike Ricciuto at DuPont Crop Protection by calling (302)
For more information on Ag Day Media tools,
The Agriculture Council of America continues
to help educators teach our youth about the importance of American agriculture.
This year we have featured two new lesson plans entitled, "From
Fiber to Fashion" and "Tomatoes to Ketchup, Chickens to Omlettes."
These lesson plans are courtesy of Project
Food, Land and People.
"From Fiber to Fashion" is geared
toward older children in grades 4-12. This lesson plan teaches students
where fibers come from and how they are used to create clothing for
everyone to wear. For a look at this lesson plan in an Adobe .PDF format
"Tomatoes to Ketchup, Chickens to
Omlettes" is more suited for younger children in grades PreK through
6. This lesson plan educates students about how raw food can be processed
into other food products. For a look at this lesson plan in an Adobe
.PDF format click
In addition to the Ag Day Lesson Plans,
the Ag Day web site also features fun facts about agriculture, reading
resources, careers in agriculture, farm life which is a tour of 2 different
farms and the daily life of the farm families on them. The farm families
featured are the Pendleton's, Pendletons Country Market in Lawrence,
KS and the Condons, Condons Dairy Farm in Horicon, WI.
For more information on Ag Day Education,
We would like to thank each
of our sponsors for their support of the National Agriculture Day program.
Thank you for helping to promote American agriculture.
DAY CHAMPION PLUS
Shared Solutions Agriculture Intitiative
Grain Producers Utilization Board
Farm Bureau Federation
American Bankers Association
Association of Farm Broadcasters
Steve & Linda Swyer
AG Credit, ACA
American Dairy Goat Association
Canning Peach Association
Carolina Farm Credit, ACA
Cherokee County Farm Bureau
Chupp Implement Company
for Agriculture, Inc.
Cook County Farm Bureau
Drilake Farm, Inc.
Franks Sunrise Farms, Inc.
Furman Foods, Inc.
Heartland Farms, Inc.
Kautz Farms/Ironstone Vinyards
Mercer County Board of Agriculture
Farm Credit, ACA
Mills International, Inc.
Beef Industry Council
Montgomery Soil & Water
Southern Minnesota Co-Op Directors
Stevens Implement Company
Technology Partnerships Canada
of Tennessee-Institute of Agriculture
National Ag Day is organized
by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). 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. For more information call 913-491-1895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org