Arlington, Virginia, United States
Today, on National Ag Day, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) celebrates the contributions agriculture makes to our nation’s security and prosperity. National Ag Day aims to share with everyone how food, fiber and renewable resources are made. Throughout the week on social media, NASDA is highlighting actions it is taking to advance agriculture in the states and #ElevateAgAccelerateFood after its 2019 Winter Policy Conference last month.
Dr. Barbara P. Glenn, NASDA’s Chief Executive Officer, underscored the importance of agriculture and NASDA’s work.
“NASDA members advance the more than 2 million farms across the country, supporting the tireless work of those who provide us with food for life,” Glenn said. “For us, National Ag Day is a time to appreciate the investment farmers and ranchers make in producing and securing our food supply. Today is also a time for us to focus our efforts to ensure we develop the next generation of America’s agricultural workforce.”
By 2026, nearly 25 percent of the U.S. workforce will be 55 and older. This aging workforce combined with the high migration of young adults from rural America could push workforce shortages to a breaking point. NASDA is a proud sponsor of a nationwide economic impact study released yesterday which found that more than one-fourth of American jobs are linked to the food and agriculture sectors.
“We must invest in education and jobs catered to all competency levels, and market rural America as a destination for skilled employment,” Glenn said. “The opportunities we have to give young people a chance to earn a living in rural communities excites me for what is to come in agriculture.”
The Feeding the Economy research also showed that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is connected to agriculture and food. The research and a full list of sponsoring organizations can be found at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com.
NASDA represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government and stakeholders. Connect with NASDA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.