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National Agriculture Day: Fifty Years Later, Farmers Are Growing a Climate for Tomorrow

Posted by Diane Petit, Public Affairs Specialist for FPAC in Farming Climate Conservation Forestry Inflation Reduction Act
Mar 21, 2023
A rustic red barn on a New England farm in spring

Fifty years after the creation of National Agriculture Day, America’s farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners find themselves on the front lines of climate change. They are uniquely positioned to deliver solutions by implementing climate-smart practices that conserve natural resources, build healthier soils, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and sequester carbon.

National Agriculture Day is a day to recognize the best stewards of our land: America's agricultural producers. They are not only providing food, forage, and fiber for today, they are also growing a climate for tomorrow.

USDA is growing a climate for success for all people involved in farming, ranching and private forest land management. We are working to create an equitable and climate-smart food and agriculture economy built to support both rural and urban communities and empower producers who feed the world; improve the health, nutrition, and quality of life of all Americans; and yield healthy lands, forests, and clean water.

From crop insurance to farm loans, and from conservation to disaster assistance, USDA programs are helping producers conserve natural resources and keep families farming for future generations.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) represents the single largest investment in climate and clean energy solutions in American history. This is an historic, once-in-a-generation investment in the rural, suburban, and urban agricultural communities that USDA serves. We are committed to implementing the IRA quickly and effectively to give producers the tools and resources they need to keep their operations productive and resilient.

USDA can only succeed in its mission to help American agriculture thrive—and can only live up to President Lincoln's description of it as the "People's Department"—if it ensures that the Americans who need its services most receive them. Equity is vital in all we do at USDA. We ensure that our programs and investments are available to everyone and we ensure that underserved producers prosper because of our work.

USDA is working across its agencies to support urban producers to grow fresh produce, create jobs, beautify their neighborhoods, and increase access to fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are scarce.

On National Agriculture Day and every day, USDA is committed to ensuring our programs and investments reach all producers, including underserved producers who haven’t always had the opportunity to benefit from the many resources USDA has to offer. Please join us in thanking our nation’s producers and wishing them a happy National Agriculture Day!