Purpose of National Ag Day is to encourage 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. Agriculture has a different face and different meaning to different people. Everyone has a personal story related to hunger. Hunger alleviation takes center stage with many of us and turns to personal stories and people we know.

Over the next decade, we are going to see more urbanized populations, a growing middle class, and increased diversification of diets. So agriculture’s role will be to make sure that the agriculture value chain adapts to the world’s nutritional need. It is estimated that our world population will be at approximately 10 billion people by 2050. Currently one farmer feeds 114 people and agriculture is America’s number one export.

It is important, as parents, to teach our children about the importance of agriculture. They need to understand that food and fiber just don’t arrive in the grocery store or clothing store. We have an entire industry providing plentiful and safe food for consumption. We must have agriculture to provide the necessities of life. From dairy to beef and grains to cotton, agriculture is working hard to meet the needs of America and others around the world.

We want to make sure we sustain agriculture for future generations. Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear and use come from agriculture. That is why it is so important that all of us teach our youth and stay educated.

When you are out and about make sure that you thank someone involved in agriculture.

Panhandle Fires

Fire can be very devastating to people in agriculture communities. If you have watched any news or social media you have seen the results of wildfire and the impact it has on agriculture.  Agriculture producers are one big family. They were the first ones to respond and go to work. The out pouring of aid has been overwhelming at the supply points. Volunteers have provided donations of hay, feed, water, fencing materials, monetary, and any other items needed to help families get back on their feet.

We can never understand the family’s pain as they go through the rebuilding process. We can show our support through a helping hand, donations and a prayer of strength.  Thanks to the people in Earth County that are providing help to the Panhandle families.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.