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March 24th, National Agriculture Day

As the nation is quarantined due to COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers and ranchers are one of the many few in the workforce still hard at work. Our queens were extremely excited to share their agriculture story on National Agriculture Day as well as thanking our United States farmers and ranchers. Here are some of the posts created by our queens on National Agriculture Day:

"Happy National Ag Day from your 2020 Colorado Junior Miss United States Agriculture, Kelly Sloan. I love being in the Agriculture Industry. I love being able to carry my family farming tradition."

Happy National Ag day!!!!!

“I fight for an industry that not only feeds us, but an industry that clothes us and heals us.” -Pennsylvania Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador💚

Agriculture is the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock. One U.S. farm feeds 166 people annually in the U.S. and abroad. The global population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, which means the world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than what is now produced.

“Happy National Ag day! A large part of our lives is effected by agriculture and the things farmers produce for us! So today thank a farmer, ag teacher, ag extension agent or anyone else you know that is apart of agriculture!” - 2020 West Virginia Miss United States Agriculture

Happy National Ag Day! -Reanna Dunlap, 2020 Kansas Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador

I believe in the future of Agriculture... Today is National Agriculture day! This industry means absolutely everything to me and to a lot of other people. Without this industrial we wouldn’t have anything. Thank you to everyone involved in the industry that feeds our world. - Amanda Morgan, Georgia Miss United States Agriculture

Happy National Ag Day!! This field means so much to me, not only did it lead me to my future but I found a comfort in it with 4-H! I loved showing livestock, making new friends, and creating projects! -Lacie Sharp, Missouri Miss United States Agriculture

Happy national agriculture day! At the 2019 Perry county fair I gave a speech on the importance of perception within agriculture! What would be a better day than today to share it with you all! “One doesn’t have to watch any type of media source for very long these days to come across a story that is very negative towards agriculture. Specifically, animal agriculture has become a favorite target for many reporters, animal rights groups, and even some consumers. It seems that many of them chose not to even include the thoughts of actual farmers and ranchers when talking about agriculture. Instead they turn to the internet or other non-ag sources for their information. So with so much negative attention being placed on food production, what do we do as producers to combat this situation? While there is no magical potion that will mercilessly fix this problem, there are many things that producers can be doing to promote agriculture as a whole. Even though many producers might not think of themselves as being influential people, in reality they are. It’s vital that they use their respect and influence in order to promote agriculture. Many of today’s consumers are several generations removed from the land and have never met a farmer or rancher. This disconnect is one of the biggest reasons we are seeing the misconceptions about agriculture. In order to change this situation, producers need to go out and start talking to consumers. Although I realize that it’s not as easy for some to start up a conversation with a total stranger as it may be for others. That is why Oklahoma state university have developed the 3 T’s, Talk, Teach, and Touch. Think of it as a road map for telling your story. The first T is talk. While this may seem like a simple concept, many people aren’t comfortable starting a conversation with a stranger. So to help with this, everyone should develop a 30 second speech. The 30 second speech is simply your introduction that tells people who you are, where you are from and what your connection to agriculture is. This great starter lays the groundwork for the conversation to begin. We can’t expect every consumer to seek us out and ask us questions. If we want these exchanges to occur, we must initiate them. After the conversation has started, producers then need to start teaching about agriculture. The teaching aspect can also make some producers nervous. They may be afraid that they will get asked a question that they can’t answer or that they may be challenged on an issue. But the fact is that this is where they should be the most comfortable. This is their opportunity to tell their own personal story about their involvement in agriculture. No one knows your story better than you do. Every producer has an exciting and unique story to tell. Consumers are not only hungry for the food we produce but the story that goes along with it. Another thing to remember is to keep your story simple. The terminology that we use every day and makes complete sense to those of us in agriculture can be very confusing and misleading to consumers. This can actually be harder than it sounds. We tend to assume that everyone knows at least some of the most simple things about agriculture and food production. In reality that isn’t always true. So it’s important that everyone keep that in mind. The final T to remember is Touch. When you are telling your story, do it with honesty and passion. If you do those two things, you will really make a connection with the people you visit with and that is what we need to do. If you are excited about what you do, our consumers will be too. If you are able to connect with the person you are visiting, you story won’t end with just that person. They will help tell your story as well by sharing it with their friends and neighbors. By using the 3 T’s, the job of telling your story to our consumers will be much easier. This is one of the best things we can do to promote production within agriculture. There are hundred’s of millions of dollars being spent to attack food production in this country. It would be impossible to match the kind of funds that these anti-agriculture groups have. However, we have something that their money can’t buy and that is the people in agriculture. That is our best asset and we need to use it to our advantage. Being an advocate for agriculture needs to be on your chore list. It’s something you need to do everyday. Look for the opportunities all of us have every day to promote agriculture and take advantage of them. As we embark on the beginning of our fair week, remember to use your three T’s whenever you can. This can change the future and perception of agriculture. And as stated in my introduction, you will become a future in agriculture as well. “

-Ohio Miss United States Agriculture, Unity Culbertson

Happy National Agriculture Day!!

It is awesome to be able to be apart of an amazing industry!

Happy National Ag Day 🚜

Tracy Rohrer, Pennsylvania Elite Ms. United States Agriculture, and granddaughter, Hazel, Berks County Tiny Miss United States Agriculture, celebrates agriculture everyday on their family farm. Hazel loves to help her grandmother brush her Scottish Highlander cattle. And Tracy showed Hazel how to plant flowers today!

What is your agricultural story? Comment below!

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