Ag Day 2017

March 24, 2017

On March 21, all across our nation, people from farmers to representatives to those involved in agribusiness took time from their day to celebrate agriculture’s contributions to our health and safety. In Washington, D.C., Sara Steever attended events at the National Press Club and the Capitol Visitor Center.

A panel spoke that morning representing a cross section of agriculture including Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland; Beverly Flores, USFRA Vice Chairman and John Deere’s Communications Manager; Lauren Schwab, a hog farmer from Ohio; and Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation, Director, Congressional Relations as well as USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching. Greg Horstmeier, Editor-in-Chief at DTN, led the panel through their perspectives on how technology brings sustainability to modern agriculture.

Consumer communication was discussed, reminding all in the room that we need to do our part in telling the story of ag.

Special Assistant to the President Ray Starling spoke of the four tenants of the new administration’s view of farming: strength in trade, ample workforce, regulatory mediation and infrastructure. Starling also told the crowd that President Trump made an official Presidential Proclamation naming March 21 as Ag Day, something that had not happened in many decades.

A reception for staffers held at the Capitol Visitors Center provided an opportunity to connect one-on-one with individuals who help shape policy that affects ag.

The official 2017 Ag Day press release can be read here.

On the Monday prior, Agri-Pulse held a day-long session on the upcoming farm bill. Early assessments indicate that the new legislation will be framed around risk management, conservation and bringing the next generation successfully into farming. You can read more on the Agri-Pulse press release and find in-depth information on the farm bill.

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