As we celebrate the beginning of Spring, we can also celebrate the start of National Ag Week and Ag Day. National Ag Week is a period to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
Agri-Pulse, a leader in reporting on the latest in agricultural information, will hold a series of events in celebration of National Ag Week and Agriculture Day. Additionally, the publication has listed out agriculture- or rural-related events scheduled for this week in Washington and elsewhere:
Today, March 16, the National Farmers Union held its annual convention in Wichita, Kansas. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke and announced $97 Million to Expand Access to Support Farmers Markets, Farm to School Efforts and Rural Economies while Expanding Risk Management Tools for Specialty Crops, Limited-Resource Farmers. U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also addressed Convention attendees and her remarks can be found here.
On Tuesday, March 17, Agri-Pulse will host a Kickoff Event which includes a panel discussion on “Farm to Fork Politics: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture” to be held in 902 Hart. The panelists include Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, the chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, and David Fischhoff, chief scientist for Climate Corp.
Ag Day itself is celebrated on March 18, 2015. Wednesday will begin with a National Agriculture Day bagel breakfast in 328A Russell. House and Senate Budget committees are expected to hold markups on budget resolutions pertaining to several Ag issues on Wednesday as well. Additionally, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will talk about the status of trade negotiations to business leaders at a meeting organized by Business Forward.
On Thursday, March 19, visitors can expect more House and Senate hearings related to agriculture. The USDA will also release the Weekly Export Sales report.
Keep following IAmBiotech for more Ag Day announcements. Also, join Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden on Wednesday March 18 at 2 p.m. for a Google Hangout with Dr. Linda Young, Chief Mathematical Statistician and Director of Research and Development of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, and Marji Guyler-Alaniz, photographer and founder of FARMHER as they celebrate women farmers and ranchers on National Ag Day. You can tune in at www.usda.gov/live.