This week has been designated as National Ag Week; Ag Day is celebrated March 20. The purpose of the National Ag Day program? To help Americans understand how food and fiber products are produced, value agriculture’s contribution to a strong economy, and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

The Ag Day organization points out that each American farmer feeds more than 144 people. More than three million people farm or ranch in the U.S. Individuals, family partnerships or family corporations operate almost 99% of U.S. farms. Over 22 million people are employed in farm or farm-related jobs, including production agriculture, farm inputs, processing, marketing and wholesale and retail sales.

For more about Ag Day, visit www.agday.org/.