Thursday, February 24, 2022
We Understand Growing
Contributed by Growmark
GROWMARK is also committed to sustainability. Through our endure program, we look at a wide range of practices, from actions as simple as recycling office paper all the way up to helping farmers create whole-farm plans based on the 4R’s of nutrient management. Maintaining the viability of agriculture is important, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly.
The GROWMARK Foundation supports a wide range of organizations committed to the future of agriculture. We work closely with 4-H, FFA, Agriculture in the Classroom, and Farm Bureau Young Leaders to educate and encourage youth, and our scholarship program identifies and rewards individuals studying for careers in the industry. Partnerships with industry groups including the Global Farmer Network, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, and land grant university research efforts help ensure current, factual information about agriculture is shared with people both within and outside of the industry.
“Growing a Climate for Tomorrow” might be the theme of this year’s National Ag Day, but those of us in agriculture know that growing for tomorrow happens each and every day.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
This essay is a merit winner in the 2022 Ag Day Essay Contest. Visit www.agday.org for more details on National Ag Day.
In the last century, agriculture has become more advanced in the ability to produce food for humanity through improving technology and having a passionate workforce. Agriculture holds the key for advancement in the world climate of today and tomorrow. Enthusiasts will build vital food chains, increase technology, educate consumers, and advance health and nutrition like never before over the next 50 years.
Food value chains help contribute to the economic growth of American agriculture while benefiting consumers. These chains help build alliances between farmers and supply chain partners in order to distribute food and products across all consumer venues and build trust between agriculturists and consumers.
Technology has played an impactful role in modernizing agriculture. Specifically, the GPS advancement has allowed farmers to increase efficiency in planting crops. Drone technology can help farmers take soil tests and spray fertilizer. According to Global Market Insights, the drone market for agriculture will surpass $1 billion by the year 2024. Technology use among agriculturalists will continue to grow.
Agriculturalists have increased global consumer interests by improving food quality. Consumers are looking for natural and safe food options. According to Linkage, “4 out of 10 Americans think it is important to be reassured that their food is produced naturally and 52% have reported their interest in knowing where their food is produced has increased in the last year.”
Health and wellness has driven consumers' food buying habits. According to Food Dive, the coronavirus pandemic has caused people to consume foods that benefit their immunity, metabolism, and mental state. Research from ADM’s Outside Voice states that 77% of consumers want to do more to stay healthy. Many manufacturers have stayed in tune with what consumers want. The pandemic shifted consumers' food habits to buying and consuming plant based products. ADM stated that 18% of United States consumers purchased their first plant based protein products during this time, and research found that 92% of these consumers will continue to purchase these products.
At just around 2 million farms in the United States, farmers are the proudest stewards of the Earth’s natural resources. In the last 100 years, while working with conservationists, farmers have learned how to conserve topsoil by using cover crops and how to protect natural water resources through following proper spraying and pesticide practices.
With changing agricultural techniques, farmers are better able to feed the world's growing population. The average United States farmer annually feeds 166 people, both foregin and domestic. By 2050, the world's population is expected to increase to 2.2 billion people. This indicates that farmers must increase production by 70%. American farmers may have a big challenge ahead of them however, American agriculture can grow a climate for tomorrow.
Friday, February 18, 2022
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has announced the 2022 National Ag Day video and written essay winners. The winners were chosen based on the theme: American Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow. Entrants chose to either write an essay or create a video.
The national written essay winner, Haden Coleman of Trinity, Texas, receives a $1,000 prize and will read his winning essay at the virtual Ag Day event on March 22, 2022. The contest also named two merit winners who receive $100 and blog posts featuring their essays. They are Rebekah Vague of Ellsworth, Kansas, and Makenna Stundebeck of Salisbury, Missouri. This year’s video essay winner, Kenna Mullins of Oxford, Pennsylvania, wins a $1,000 prize. The winning entries can be viewed online at https://www.agday.org/2022-contest-winners.
The Ag Day Essay Contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., National Association of Farm Broadcasting and Farm Progress.
Founded in 1973, National Ag Day encourages 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 and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
Learn more and register for events at agday.org.