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National Ag Day Celebration
Two Days of High-Profile Events Set for Washington, D.C. on March 17th & 18th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Pickett (913) 491-1895
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
In response to growing attention on the global availability of food, and in recognition of National Agriculture Day, March 18, 2015, the Agriculture Council of America has announced a full two-day lineup of high-profile events in the nation’s Capitol.
“This is undoubtedly the most important Ag Day program in our history,” said Jenny Pickett, President, Agriculture Council of America. “Our goal is to ensure the eyes of the nation are on the contributions American agriculture makes not just here in the United States, but also around the world. That’s the message we’re taking to the Hill, and the message that will be carried through communities across America.”
2015 events include:
March 17, 2015
Agri-Pulse’s Ag Day kickoff event in 902 Hart Senate Office Building
3:30 – 5:00 Panel Discussion
Farm to Fork Politics: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture
Is your next vaccine going to come from inside a vegetable? Can you find your favorite buffalo chicken flavors in hard-boiled eggs? Farmers and agribusinesses across the U.S. are using innovative techniques to produce food, fiber, fuel and even new pharmaceuticals. Hear from leading experts about the opportunities ahead and the challenges they face in trying to innovate, while addressing ever-changing federal standards. Rep. Rodney Davis, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee will also participate in this panel discussion, with Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant serving as moderator.
5:00-7:00 Agri-Pulse Customer Appreciation Reception
Keep the conversation going: Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres after the panel discussion.
Reception with Food and Drink Immediately Following
Sponsored by Agri-Pulse
Free of Charge
To register for these events visit https://nama.formstack.com/forms/agdaylunch
March 18, 2015
Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon - A luncheon emceed by legendary agricultural broadcaster Orion Samuelson and featuring the Outstanding Young Farmer honorees and members of Congress. Venue: Cannon Caucus Room, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.(EST) FREE OF CHARGE. To register for the Ag Day Mix and Mingle Luncheon visit https://nama.formstack.com/forms/agdaylunch
FarmHer Exhibit at USDA - As part of the National Ag Day celebration this year, a selection of photographs featuring women working in their various roles in agriculture, taken by Marji Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder of FarmHer, will be featured at USDA on March 18th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Marji Guyler-Alaniz, is a native of Urbandale, Iowa, and has spent nearly two years documenting the important role that women play in agriculture throughout the U.S. for her long-term FarmHer project. To register for the Exhibit please visit https://NAMA.formstack.com/forms/usda
Celebration of Agriculture Dinner - Event speaker to be determined and we will honor the winners of the Ag Day essay, video essay and poster contests as well as the Charles Eastin Award Presentation. USDA Whitten Patio, 5:00 p.m. TICKETS: $150 PER PERSON, OR $1,500 FOR A RESERVED TABLE OF 10. To register for the Ag Day Dinner visit https://NAMA.formstack.com/forms/agdaydinner
Hotel reservations can be made at The Helix,
1430 Rhode Island Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20005
Room Rate: $209/night - make sure you mention Ag Day when making your reservations.
National Ag Day is made possible by a number of partnering organizations and sponsors. 2015 Partners include John Deere, Farm Journal Media, Meredith AgriMedia, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, Farm Progress, AgHub, CHS, U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., Farmers Feeding the World, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council and Walmart. A complete listing can be found at www.agday.org.
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. 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.
Founded in 1973, National Ag Day 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 and register for events at www.agday.org.