This is Ag Week for 2019 and throughout the days ahead there will be special articles and pages in both the Devils Lake Journal, Monday through Friday, and the Country Peddler, Mondays only.

This is Ag Week for 2019 and throughout the days ahead there will be special articles and pages in both the Devils Lake Journal, Monday through Friday, and the Country Peddler, Mondays only.

A major portion of the region’s economic success comes from agriculture and ag-related businesses. Some put that number at 80 percent of the Lake Region’s economy, while others argue it’s not quite that high. However, no one will deny the importance and influence of agriculture on the day-to-day life of Devils Lake and the wider Lake Region.

Here are some facts about Ag Week and Ag Day: What Is Ag Week? It's a week to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. When Is Ag Day? Ag Day is celebrated on March 14, 2019. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, March 10-16, 2019. Who Hosts Ag Day? The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level. However, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential - if not more - than the broad-scale effort. Again this year, the Ag Day Planning Guide has been created to help communities and organizations more effectively host Ag Day events. What Is Ag Day (WEEK) All About? Ag Day is about recognizing - and celebrating - the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to: •Understand how food and fiber products are produced. •Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. •Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. Why Celebrate Agriculture? Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training. By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture. Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s.

Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more - and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States. What Can I Do to Help? Put simply, get involved! Your participation in Ag Day is critical in helping to spread this positive message about agriculture. Where Can I Find More Information? Contact the Agriculture Council of America at (913) 491-1895.