CROTON, Ohio -- American Agri-Women affiliates across the nation are celebrating National Ag Week from March 15-21. National Ag Week is about recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture to our everyday lives. It is a week to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

It is also a time for AAW and other agriculture groups to encourage every American to:

  • Understand how food and fiber products are produced
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products

  • Classroom visits are one way that many Agri-Women celebrate Ag Week and educate youth about agriculture. In the classroom we can meet with tomorrow's citizens and future leaders to give them an awareness of the importance that agriculture plays in our lives. Few young people today are aware of the industry's significance or the many career choices related to agriculture. Well-informed consumers and policy makers can partner successfully with the agriculture community in providing a safe and healthy food supply system for the world.

    For lesson plans and other ideas for classroom activities, check out these Web sites:

  • (American Agri-Women)
  • (Agriculture in the Classroom)
  • (National Ag Day)

  • Other excellent resources can be found at the web sites of all of the commodity organizations: beef, dairy, soybeans, corn, etc.

    American Agri-Women is the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, with 50 state, commodity, agribusiness affiliate organizations and collegiate chapters throughout the country. AAW is an all volunteer organization, working to provide reliable information about agriculture to the public since 1974.

    SOURCE: American Agri-Women.