South Dakota: Agriculture is a part of our daily lives
PIERRE, SD – Farmers and ranchers across the country provide the food, feed, fiber and fuel we all depend on. Take a moment to think of how agriculture impacts your daily life – even if you live far from a farm. In addition to our food and clothes, agriculture provides components of hundreds of products that we use every day, including cosmetics, tires, newspaper ink, insulin and many more.
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 13-19 as National Ag Week in South Dakota to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. National Ag Day will be celebrated on March 15.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
• Understand how food and fiber products are produced;
• Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products;
• Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy;
• Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
“Consumers have never had more choices in the food and products that they buy. National Ag Day is a good time to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture,” said Walt Bones, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture.
National Ag Day is also a reminder of the impact agriculture has in South Dakota.
• Agriculture is South Dakota state’s No. 1 industry, with a $21 billion annual economic impact.
• South Dakota is home to 46,000 producers on 31,500 farms.
• Ninety-eight (98) percent of farms and ranches in South Dakota are family owned and operated.
• Agriculture and its associated industries employ 143,000 South Dakotans.
• Ninety (90) percent of South Dakota’s land is dedicated to agricultural activities.
• Each producer raises enough food to feed 155 people in the world.
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