Today’s Topic: March 8 is National Ag Day

by | Mar 6, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoMarch 8 is National Ag Day, a day to focus attention on the importance and abundance of agriculture in America.

Agriculture provides the food we eat, the clothes we wear and many other things we use every day. We all need to appreciate the significance of agriculture in our lives, and we need to understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.

Agriculture and agribusiness make up a $70 billion industry in North Carolina, by far the state’s largest economic sector. Commissioner Troxler says we should value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

North Carolina is a changing state. The population has become less rural, and each generation is further removed from farming. So educational efforts about ag’s contributions will continue to be more and more important, especially as we see big changes in the makeup of the N.C. General Assembly with the retirement of many current legislators.

Celebrate agriculture on Thursday – or any other day – by visiting a local farmers market. Eat at a restaurant that uses North Carolina foods. Or take your family to an agritourism farm, where you can learn about raising crops and animals.

Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about National Ag Day.

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