South Dakota Fifth Grade Classes to Celebrate National Ag Day
March 10, 2009
Sioux Falls, S.D.”American agriculture provides the necessities of everyday life: food, fiber, clothing, and now fuel. That’s the message that farmers will share with South Dakota youth on March 11th through 21st to celebrate National Ag Week.
Ag United and Paulsen Marketing are teaming up to visit fifth graders at local elementary schools to promote agriculture awareness. A local dairy farmer and pork producer from the areas will help students understand how South Dakota’s number one industry affects nutrition and food supply, as well as agriculture’s economic, social, and environmental significance to all Americans.
“The impact on South Dakota’s economy alone from agriculture is $19.2 billion,” Steve Dick, Ag United executive director, said. “And on a national scale, agriculture is America’s number one export. But it’s still easy to take agriculture for granted. We want to instill an appreciation for agriculture in our local youth, advance an awareness of South Dakota’s contribution and promote agricultural literacy.”
Ag United will do more than talk; they’re providing a pizza party too. During the visit, producers will help the students understand that the ingredients in the pizza are produced by farms, and also explain how those products are then processed and made into the pizzas that the students are enjoying.
Ag United and Paulsen will sponsor Ag Day pizza party events for fifth graders at Koch Elementary School in Milbank, Webster Elementary School in Yankton, Mellette Elementary School in Watertown, Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell and Hayward Elementary School in Sioux Falls.
“Ag Day provides a great opportunity for South Dakota agricultural producers to share the story of where food comes from,” added Dick. “And for many of these students this is their first opportunity to learn about agriculture from actual producers.”
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An information booth on Ag United and Ag Day will be on display at the Washington Pavilion Saturday, March 21, 2009.
Each year, the National Ag Day program helps educate millions of consumers. The Agriculture Council of America, organizers of National Ag Day, believes that every American should understand how food, fiber and renewable resources are produced, and value the essential role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. National Ag Day focuses on educating Americans about the industry, so they can also consider career opportunities in food, fiber, and the renewable resource industry.
Ag United for South Dakota began through a collaboration of farm organizations with a goal of keeping family farms growing. The founding organizations include the South Dakota Cattleman’s Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, and the South Dakota Soybean Association. To learn more, visit http://www.agunited.com.
Sharing the Ag Day sponsorship is Paulsen Marketing, a full service marketing company with 27 marketing professionals serving a broad range of national and regional clients with a full spectrum of communications services. To learn more about Paulsen and their agri-marketing expertise, visit http://www.paulsenmarketing.com. Additional sponsors for the classroom visits include: Land O’Lakes and A.M.P.I.
To learn more about National Ag Day, contact the Agricultural Council of America at (913) 491-1895 or visit http://www.agday.org.