PREVIEW: National Ag Day!

Well, I hope you all are wearing your green today, but I wanted to take some time in today’s blog to tell you about another awesome event that will be taking place all next week—National Ag Week!

Normally, I would have waited until next week to write about this, but since we will be away for spring break I wanted to let you know about it now so you can start looking forward to it!

The American Agriculture Council is sponsoring this celebration week and will be holding events all over the United States March 13-19th.  One special part of this week I wanted to highlight is National Ag Day, which will be March 15th.

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program were started in 1973.

In getting ready for Ag Day, the ACA held a video essay contest as a way to give others a chance to share their agriculture story. This year’s winner was Kyle Trivino from California and his video was awarded the spotlight on their website and Facebook Page. Check out the video—it has some really neat facts about agriculture!

And to add on to the neat facts you heard in Kyle’s video, I have added some more of my own for you to enjoy:

  • Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
  • It takes 24 to 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg; there is 30 minutes between each egg-producing cycle.
  • There are over 500 different types of bananas. That means if you ate a different kind of banana every day, it would take almost a year and a half to eat every one!
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • One of the most popular varieties of green asparagus is named after Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington

How neat! I didn’t even know about some of those!  I really hope you guys go out and try to learn something new about agriculture. You’ll be surprised at everything that’s out there!

HAPPY (early) AG DAY EVERYONE!

P.S. Don’t forget to check back later to learn about “Agritourism” in Indiana and also make sure to check out Sarah’s blog as well!

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Posted on March 9, 2011, in Ag Events, Agvocating. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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