A Brief Phone Conversation With Dad on National Ag Day

National Ag Day

Dad, getting a little corn.

By Melissa Beck, AgNewsFeed

On National Ag Day I called my dad, a full time farmer, and had a brief conversation (all our phone conversations are brief) where I asked, “Do you know what today is?”

He paused and said, “Nah, I really don’t.”

I replied, “Dad, it’s National Ag Day.”

He said, “Well, I didn’t know. I didn’t see it on the news, but that don’t surprise me…I did know it’s the first day of spring, or was that yesterday?”

This conversation with my dad proves my point: The people who matter the most to agriculture, the people who make their living providing food and fiber for us, will work away at their vocations without expecting, or even noticing, any recognition for their efforts.

For the rest of us, Ag Day is designated by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), which is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating efforts to increasing public awareness of agriculture’s role in society.

It is refreshing to see agriculture celebrated after what seems like 364 days of anti-agriculture news. I’m going to enjoy this atmosphere of appreciation as long as it lasts.

So, happy Ag Day for those of you who celebrate such occasions, and happy French Bread Day as well (also observed today).  Good luck celebrating French Bread Day without a farmer.

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