Celebrating National Ag Day

April 3, 2014

In Washington, D.C., Greg Guse, president, and Sara Steever, VP, digital services, attended several events intended to shine a spotlight on agriculture’s contributions.

Monday’s events included Agri-Pulse’s Farm to Fork reception, where hundreds gathered to hear Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kristen Harding. Harding spoke on the reality of the Farm Bill rollout and what farmers can anticipate.

Tuesday morning opened with a breakfast reception and preview of The Great American Wheat Harvest, which was warmly received. The Great American Wheat Harvest documents the lives of custom harvesters that travel from the Mexican border to the Canadian border to harvest our nation’s wheat crop.

A mix and mingle luncheon followed, emceed by legendary agricultural broadcaster Orion Samuelson. 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer Greg Wegis spoke and Lindsay McQueen was awarded the Charles Eastin Award. That event was followed by the USFRA Food Dialogues panel where the audience heard the perspectives of farm families from diverse backgrounds and geographies. The day wrapped up with the Celebration of Ag Dinner, also emceed by Orion Samuelson, where Deputy U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Krista Harding shared her thoughts on her role as deputy secretary and the future of agriculture.

It was a snowy day, but the HungerU Exhibit from Farmers Feeding the World and Farm Journal set up shop on the mall. This gave Ag Day attendees a chance to see the university outreach trailer and meet the team that travels and educates on campuses around the U.S.

It is always great to spend time with other ag advocates at home and away—a chance to publicly thank our farmers for a safe, nutritious and abundant food supply.