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What's Happening on National Ag Day?

March 20, 2018
Today we celebrate #NationalAgDay. Started in 1973 by the Agriculture Council of America, National Ag Day celebrates the abundance provided by U.S. agriculture. More recently, the annual national celebration has stretched into a #NationalAgWeek. To help you join in the celebration, we’ve listed below things happening around Capitol Hill all week in honor of American Agriculture:

Tuesday, March 20: Agriculture Secretary Perdue Participating in National Ag Day Events

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will participate in three events today to commemorate National Ag Day. First, Perdue will introduce Vice President Mike Pence at USDA, who will deliver remarks commemorating President Trump’s National Ag Day Proclamation. Perdue will then head over to the National Press Club to deliver National Ag Day remarks. Finally, tonight Secretary Perdue will be honored with the Abraham Lincoln Vision Award from the National 4-H Council.

Wednesday, March 21: Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit

Agri-Pulse holds its Ag & Food Policy Summit this Wednesday at the Hyatt Recency Hotel in Washington, D.C. in honor of National Ag Week. The all-day event will focus on agriculture and food policy and is headlined by some big names in the agriculture sector, including:

  • Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau

  • Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union

  • Ted McKinney, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA

  • Chairman Pat Roberts, Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member, Senate Agriculture Committee

  • Sara Wyant, Editor, Agri-Pulse


For more information about the event and to register, click here.

Thursday, March 22: CAST Panel Discussion on Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology  

This Thursday, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) will be hosting a presentation and discussion, cohosted by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, on the regulatory challenges facing universities and small businesses when it comes to developing innovations. The presentation and discussion will be led by Dr. Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist form the University of California, Riverside. For more information and to register to attend, visit the event page here.

Be on the lookout for more content and information about National Ag Day by following #NationalAgDay on Twitter and Facebook.