Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 20 is National Ag Day - Hug a Farmer

The theme for National Ag Day is "American Agriculture: Abundant. Affordable. AMAZING."

Ag Day was created to recognize and celebrate the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives and to help others understand how food and fiber products are produced. It was also designed to help appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

Agriculture is very important not only in the US but globally. A recent article from the American Sheep Industry Association is about a bale of wool. Raymond Ltd, India's largest fabrics maker, bought a bale of the finest-diameter wool ever offered at an Australian auction sale. Lempriere Australia bought the bale on behalf of Raymond for A$170,000 (US$157,000). The Sandlant family, from Lexton in western Victoria, Australia, produced the 11.4-micron bale of wool from shedded sheep. The bale could make between 40 and 50 suits and highlights the use of the fiber for high-quality clothing. Just think how many sweaters that could be.


Jeanie said...

I didn't know that! My grandparents were farmers -- small farmers, not big-time ones. But it gave me an appreciation for the earth, growing things.

Barbara Marr said...

Small farmers have a more diversified knowledge... I think.
You were lucky, not many had the experiences you had with your grandparents so I try to give out info that I think would be interesting anyway.