National Ag Day in South Dakota is special one as we celebrate our state’s #1 industry. An industry employs 143,000 South Dakotans and produces $21 billion in annual economic activity. South Dakota is home to 46,000 producers on 31,500 farms. 98% of the farms in South Dakota are family owned and operated and each producer feeds an average of 155 people per year.
Why do we celebrate National Ag Day? Because our farmers and ranchers provide us with the safest, most abundant, highest quality, least expensive and best tasting food in the entire world. Americans spend less than 10% of their disposable income on food.
Our farmers don’t want to be thanked, but I would encourage you to do so anyways showing your appreciation for our food supply that you and I take for granted on a daily basis.
Start a conversation with someone who works in agriculture and ask questions to learn more about where our food comes from and why farmers do the things they do. A few simple questions could go a long way towards educating consumers about why American Agriculture is so great.
For planting, growing and harvesting.
For raising, feeding and producing.
For starting at sunrise and finishing at sunset.
For every missed vacation.
For loving every minute of it.
Thank a Farmer
Stop out at any South Dakota Culver’s location today (Tuesday, March 15, 2011) for a FREE scoop of Fresh, Frozen Custard and the opportunity to learn more about how farmers produce the food we eat.