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National Ag Day Celebration
Two Days of High-Profile Events Set for Washington, D.C. on March 24 & 25th
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 25, 2014, 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.”
2014 events include:
March 24, 2014
Farm to Fork Politics: An insider’s look at the year ahead for food and agriculture—A panel discussion moderated by Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse. Tentative Venue: Hart Senate Office Building Room 902, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Agri-Pulse Reception follows in the same room. No charge to attend reception. 5:00-7:30 p.m.
March 25, 2014
The Great American Wheat Harvest: National Premiere Screening & Breakfast Reception. Join us for a first look at this new documentary film that celebrates and tells the story of the American Wheat Harvest. This film connects consumers with the people who produce and harvest the crops that feed the world.Venue: National Museum of the American Indian. Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. This event is FREE OF CHARGE. You must RSVP for this event at https://gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com.
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: Russell Caucus Room, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. FREE OF CHARGE.
USFRA Panel: The Next Generation of America’s Farmers and Ranchers: The next generation of farmers and ranchers is the inspiration for this panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. Join a panel discussion focused on what it means to be a farmer or rancher taking over responsibility for their family business in today’s environment. What are the challenges and opportunities for the next generation? What more can be done to support this group and inspire more people to become involved in agriculture? FREE OF CHARGE. Venue: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Congressional A Room, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. To register, please visit www.fooddialogues.com/ag-day-2014.
Celebration of Agriculture Dinner - This event will feature the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Krysta Hardin and 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. The Ag Day Dinner is SOLD OUT. Please contact the ACA Office at 913-491-1895 to be put on a waiting list as seats may become available.
HungerU Exhibit: Farmers Feeding the World: Come visit the Farmers Feeding the World’s interactive HungerU exhibit that highlights the contributions agriculture has made towards fighting the global hunger crisis and challenges you to take action as a member of the global community. Visitors to HungerU are given the opportunity to join the thousands who comprise our national advocacy network to stay informed about hunger issues and ways they can take action to be part of the solution. Venue & Time: TBD. No registration required.
Wednesday, March 26
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Private Documentary Screening and Agricultural Debut: Farmland
Venue: Amphitheater at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
(Please enter through the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. After passing through the security checkpoint, proceed to down the stairs to Concourse C.)
Join us and be one of the first to preview a new feature-length documentary, FARMLAND. Directed by James Moll, an Oscar® and two-time Emmy®-winning filmmaker, this documentary, which was made with the generous support of USFRA, takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their ‘20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming operation. An intimate Q&A about the documentary will be held immediately following the private screening of this film.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP online at www.fooddialogues.com/farmland-dc-rsvp by March 20, 2014, to reserve your ticket.
For more information about FARMLAND and to see the film’s trailer, please visit www.farmlandfilm.com.
Complete details and registration information can be found at www.agday.org.
National Ag Day is made possible by a number of partnering organizations and sponsors. 2014 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.