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National Ag Day E-Newsletter
Celebrate I Ag Day Poster I Ag Day Promotion I Ag Day Planning I Ag Day Media I Ag Day Education I Ag Day Sponsors I Ag Day Home
This 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, visit www.agday.org.
Celebrating 30 Years
National 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.

In 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!

Ag Day Poster

Thanks 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.

Ag Day Promotion

The 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?

Ag Day Planning

With 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 agriculture.

Show 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.

The 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) 999-5392.

For more information on Ag Day Media tools, visit www.agday.org.
Ag Day Education

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 click here.

"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 here.

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, visit www.agday.org.

Ag Day Sponsors
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.

Altria Shared Solutions Agriculture Intitiative


Animal Agriculture Alliance

Elanco Animal Health

Griffin, LLC

CropLife America

USA Rice Federation

Gold Kist, Inc.


Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board

Successful Farming

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

National Agri-Marketing Association

American Bankers Association

Farm Foundation

National Association of Farm Broadcasters


Steve & Linda Swyer

Dale Hanson

Klodette Stroh

Accelerated Genetics

AG Credit, ACA


American Dairy Goat Association

Bentz Equipment, Inc.

California Canning Peach Association

Carolina Farm Credit, ACA

Cherokee County Farm Bureau

Chupp Implement Company

Communicating for Agriculture, Inc.

Cook County Farm Bureau

Drilake Farm, Inc.

Farm Credit Services

Franks Sunrise Farms, Inc.

Fresno Equipment Company


Furman Foods, Inc.

Heartland Farms, Inc.

John Kautz Farms/Ironstone Vinyards

Kibble Equipment, Inc.

Louis Dreyfus Corporation

Mercer County Board of Agriculture

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, ACA

Mills International, Inc.

Missouri Beef Industry Council

Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District

Norfolk Daily News

Rowley Equipment

Southern Minnesota Co-Op Directors Association

Stevens Implement Company

Technology Partnerships Canada

University of Tennessee-Institute of Agriculture


Westby Management

White Orchards

Wilson Farm

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 info@agday.org