Tuesday, March 21, marks the 50th anniversary of National Ag Day, launched to raise public awareness about agriculture’s vital role in society.

A ceremony is scheduled at the USDA Whitten Patio in Washington, D.C., featuring speakers from USDA and American Farm Bureau Federation. A Taste of Ag reception will be held that evening in the Montpelier Room in the Library of Congress.

The day before, March 20, the Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit will convene at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., bringing together next-gen farmers, lawmakers, industry leaders and others making a difference in the ag, food and energy policy circuits. In-person and virtual registrations are available.

Also on March 21, winners of essay and video contests will be recognized. Trey Hill of Orlando, Florida, will receive a $1,000 award for his winning essay titled, “Growing a climate for tomorrow: How American agriculture does it every day.” Olivia Lee of Aliso Viejo, California, will also receive $1,000 for creating the winning video covering food value chains.

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The Agriculture Council of America hosts National Ag Day each year. The group was founded in 1973 by leaders in agriculture, food and fiber industries to increase public understanding of how products are grown, processed and delivered to consumers.

Materials are available on the National Ag Day website for those interested in planning events, media outreach or promotion efforts. The website reiterates the need for local involvement because “the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential — if not more — than the broad-scale effort.”

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