Tuesday, March 16, 2010

National Agriculture Week

National Agriculture week kicks off this Sunday with the goal of educating Americans about the value of agriculture in their daily lives. Here are just some of the key reasons why it’s important to recognize—and celebrate—Ag Day each year:

Increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows
individuals to make informed personal choices about diet
and health.

Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing
the policies that will support a competitive agricultural
industry in this country and abroad.

Employment opportunities exist across the board in
agriculture. Career choices include:
• farm production
• agribusiness management and marketing
• agricultural research and engineering
• food science
• processing and retailing
• banking
• education
• landscape architecture
• urban planning
• energy
• and other fields.

Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through 12th
grade, all students should receive some systematic
instruction about agriculture.

Agriculture is too important a topic to be taught only to
the small percentage of students considering careers in
agriculture and pursuing vocational agricultural studies.

Agricultural literacy includes an understanding of
agriculture’s history and current economic, social and
environmental significance to all Americans. This
understanding includes some knowledge of food, fiber
and renewable resource production, processing and
domestic and international marketing.

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