Monday, March 14, 2016

Join us as we Celebrate National Ag Week!

Agriculture is the
most healthful, most
useful and most
noble employment
of man.”
—George Washington

American agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of everyday, fiber and clothing. That’s the message of National Ag Week, which is celebrated March 13 to March 19 this year.
The Guernsey SWCD believes that every American should understand how food and fiber products are produced and should value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. They should appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. National Ag Week focuses on educating Americans about the industry, so they may also acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
American agriculture can also be celebrated for its efforts in environmental conservation. Farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for approximately 75 percent of this nation's wildlife. The current farm bill has provisions for farmers to create environmental habitats that will ensure protection of the land and water resources of this country.
Farmers use computer and satellite technology to map their fields for production inputs. They can then use these maps to track their production information to help make wise, data-driven decisions about their farming operation.  This increases yields and reduces crop inputs like fertilizer and crop protection chemicals.
With today's technology, farmers are better able to match seed characteristics and production practices to soil type and climate conditions. The result is higher yields with lower input costs from more efficient use of chemicals, fertilizers and tillage. Ultimately, that results in more food at a lower cost for consumers.
Today's farmers understand the importance of improving the quality and quantity of food available to the world. According to the US Census Bureau, it is estimated that there will be 7.5 billion people in the world by the year 2020 (we're currently at 6.2 billion). It's agriculture's job to find a way to feed those people. Advancements in crop technology, equipment technology and information management will make that possible. American farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry have met and will continue to meet this challenge again and again.
Join this effort to promote American agriculture to everyone during National Ag Week, March 13-19, 2016.  For more information contact the Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District at 740-489-5276, or visit the office at 335C Old National Rd on the fairgrounds in Old Washington.

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