It would be an understatement to say that agriculture is incredibly important for a country’s economy, food production, and most of all, for its people to thrive. We have agriculture to thank for nearly everything we eat, wear, and use in our day-to-day lives. In America, 11% of our total jobs are available thanks to agriculture; it’s a vital aspect of the national economy and the lives of our citizens.
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) recognized the opportunity to expand the public's knowledge surrounding the industry and instituted National Agriculture Day in 1973. Ag Day was created to spread awareness and excitement about the industry to Americans across the country. National Ag Day has taken place every March since its inception in 1973, with this year's celebration taking place on March 14th.
National Ag Day centers around recognizing and celebrating the abundance afforded to us thanks to agriculture. This year, the event sports a new "Food for Life" theme. This campaign has been designed to highlight agriculture's role in the production of fiber and food products.
National Ag Day 2019
According to the ACA, these are some of the key priorities for this year’s National Ag Day:
1. To encourage and support organizations, companies, and individuals to engage in dedicated programs and activities on National Agriculture Day.
2. To offer appropriate materials and planning information to interested parties in support of the day’s programs and activities.
3. To inform both trade and general media about the day and provide the information necessary to raise this awareness.
4. To involve the agricultural public relations community in support of National Agriculture Day.
Alongside these priorities, the ACA aims to increase awareness about the industry and agricultural activity through other avenues, as well. In 2019 and beyond, the association will continue its push to teach younger generations about careers in agriculture. Many schools do not provide ample exposure or a curriculum detailing the benefits of agriculture and the spectrum of career opportunities that are associated with it.
Overall, Ag Day is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about the United States’ agricultural system. Ag Day empowers communities to gain education surrounding how we get our food and where it comes from; this is especially crucial as populations continue to shift to big cities. Most Americans’ direct exposure to agriculture has lessened significantly in recent decades; Ag Day gives the industry a chance to connect with everyday people again.
Agriculture Solutions at PEER Bearing
PEER is proud to do our part in supporting America’s agricultural sector. We offer one of the industry’s largest selections of high-quality bearing solutions: AGXTREME. The AGXTREME product offering includes our SEEDXTREME, TILLXTREME, and TURFXTREME lines, which you can check out here.
Our agriculture bearings are engineered to withstand the test of time and the intensive, in-field demands of agriculture equipment. They were created to increase productivity and contamination exclusion, and they do so diligently. AGXTREME bearings have for many years assisted America’s farmers in keeping their equipment in peak condition—and that translates to peak performance.
This March 14th, join PEER in celebrating National Ag Day and giving the individuals and families behind America’s farms the credit they deserve. Observe the day’s celebrations with us by sending thanks to our farmers, whose work feeds more than 165 million people every day with their hard work and harvests.
To learn more about National Ag Day or the agriculture bearing solutions at PEER, contact us today. Our knowledgeable staff is eager to speak with you about your agricultural needs; we’ll work together to create custom solutions designed to meet your goals.