This Thursday, March 20, is National Agriculture Day — and the industry is energetically marking its future.
National Agriculture Day is an opportunity for those in the industry and the general public to support the row crop farmers, fruit and vegetable producers, food scientists, livestock ranchers, equipment manufacturers, and others who will take our nation’s agriculture industry into the future.
"For many years, we have had a hydrocarbon economy that is dependent on oil," says Gerald Tumbleson, Agriculture Council of American chairman and Minnesota farmer. "Through technological improvements, environmentally friendly production practices, and other advancements, it’s exciting that we are now moving into more of a carbohydrate economy."
Agriculture is extremely important for putting the U.S. on the path toward reducing its reliance on oil and embracing carbohydrates, or plant matter, as a viable strategy. Carbohydrates can be converted into chemicals, energy, textiles, building materials, paper, and many other industrial products.
"Research is necessary to continue to develop products from plant matter," Tumbleson says. "Products like carpet made from corn starch instead of hydrocarbons are a way to reap the benefits of less dependence on oil, and to support the future of agriculture."
National Agriculture Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. Visit www.agday.org for more information.