John Deere announced that it is once again working with the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) and other industry partners to sponsor National Ag Day, which will be held on March 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C., according to a release from the company.
The release noted that Ag Day was created to recognize and celebrate the contributions of agriculture to the lives of many Americans. On the day of the celebration, activities will be held across the country to educate people of the importance of the role that farmers play in everyday life.
"Today more than ever, agriculture plays an important role in the U.S. economy by providing millions of jobs, improving our balance of trade and reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources," said Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere. "John Deere is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and, as a long-time leader in agricultural equipment and technology, we have supported the National Ag Day program for the past 18 years."
The celebration will also offer educational programs and public service announcements to highlight the role of the farmer, as individuals who have used farm equipment will have a chance to explain their craft.
The event's website noted that the first celebration of National Ag Day occurred in 1973.