North Carolina (FSA) Acting, State Executive Director Cindy Kernodle announced that March 19 is National Ag Day, and invited all citizens to celebrate this areas agriculture by honoring the hardworking farmers of North Carolina. This years theme is Generations Nourishing Generations.
USDA. studies show that the agricultural sector remains a bright spot of economic stability and growth, Kernodle. There is a strong demand for U.S. agricultural products. Of course, generation after generation of agricultural producers in North Carolina rise early every day, providing the food, fiber and fuel that feed and clothe America and the world.
As research advances, the future continues to be positive, Kernodle continued. New uses for North Carolinas ag products are being found to utilize natural ingredients for lifesaving medicines and supply the critical commodities required in a long list of manufacturing sectors.
Kernodle noted that, despite recent natural disasters weathered by farmers creating less than ideal growing conditions, producers still managed to grow the commodities that keep the economy moving forward. And an abundant supply of renewable resources in an environmentally sensitive manner was maintained. For their life sustaining efforts, we honor North Carolina agricultural producers for their vital contribution, said Kernodle.
Major commodities produced in North Carolina include poultry, hogs, nursery and greenhouse, soybeans, cotton, corn tobacco and cattle. North Carolina agricultural cash receipts exceeded $10.5 billion last year.
Today, each American farmer produces enough food to feed 144 people, a dramatic increase from the 25 people a farmer sustained in 1960. These increased efficiencies demonstrate that American agriculture is producing – and achieving more than ever before.
AgDay is a project of the Agriculture Council of America. For further Ag Day information, visit www.agday.org . More information on FSA assistance and programs can be obtained at your local FSA office.