Happy Ag Day to all of you. While this holiday is not celebrated as widely as most other holidays, few are as important. National Ag Day is celebrated on the first day of spring each year, somewhere around March 20, this year it was on March 19.
We celebrate Ag Day to recognize how important farms and farmers are to our nation. While only 2% of the U.S. population lives on a farm, all of us are fed, clothed and use agriculture products every day. I don't know about you, but I don't want to go a day without eating.
In Nebraska the economic impact of agriculture cannot be overlooked. One out of every three jobs in Nebraska is created by agriculture, some on farms, some in processing plants, some in transportation, etc.
The last couple of years have been very profitable for agriculture across the state and that impact shows up in our mainstreets and the state budget. Most Nebraska towns have not had the economic downturn most of the nation has had, mostly due to agriculture. Nebraska is also among few states without a state budget problem.
So as you bite into that juicy hamburger, or pull on those cotton jeans, thank the farmer who worked to raise the crops and animals for you to enjoy every day of the year.