Happy National Ag Day! Every year, farmers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of 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 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 U.S.
No one knows that better than no-tillers, who produce more with fewer inputs and passes across the field, and less impact on the environment. In many cases, longtime no-tillers are making their land better than before by building soil health through practices like cover cropping and diversifying their rotations.
In honor of National Ag Day, No-Till Farmer's editors collected these 10 articles that illustrate no-tillers' role in not only feeding our country, but also feeding our world:
- No-Till Can Save The World, If We Let It
- Prioritizing Soil Health to Protect Profitability for Generations to Come
- No-Till Key to Preserving Water for Future Generations
- Learning to Emulate, Nurture, Work With & Love Nature with 2022 No-Till Innovator Ray Archuleta
- No-Till's Role in Feeding the World
- Leaving Soils Better for the Next Generation
- Continuing a No-Till Legacy
- How No-Till Benefits the World’s Population
- 2023 Conservation Ag Operator Fellow Invests in Next Generation of No-Tillers & Future of Food
- No-Till’s Past, Present and Future with the Harry Young Family — from the Kentucky Field Where It all Started
Thank you to all the farmers who fuel our future and to all the educators, industry experts, equipment dealers and more who support them!