National Agriculture Day Recognized

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BATON ROUGE, La (LDAF) – National Agriculture Day is Thursday, March 14. This is the time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions made by agriculture producers, associations, corporations, universities, and government agencies affiliated with the industry.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and the National Ag Day programs make an effort to promote an understanding of how food and fiber products are produced, the role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and the importance of safe, abundant and affordable products.

“So often, our farmers and ranchers are taken for granted because people equate getting their food from the grocery store. As the population grows, our ag producers will be working harder and looking for more efficient, yet healthy, ways to feed the world,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “With agriculture being one of the largest industries in the state, you may know someone who is affiliated with the industry. Make sure you tell them ‘thank you.’”

Agriculture is an $11 billion industry in Louisiana. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). The ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increase the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is now accepting applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Commissioner Mike Strain announced Thursday. Find the information on the grant in the related link.

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