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March 18, 2009   Email to Friend 

SPARKS ON NATIONAL AG DAY: 'THANK A FARMER'
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
March 18, 2009

Commissioner Ron Sparks and Governor Bob Riley sign a proclamation for National Ag Week and Ag Day.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Ron Sparks, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, says Friday's observance of National Ag Day should remind consumers that America's food and fiber begins in the hands of a farmer.

"American agriculture not only provides you with food and clothing, but it also helps meet the needs around the world with high-quality products," said Sparks. "Agriculture is Alabama's No. 1 industry, and touches people's lives on a daily basis. On Ag Day, I hope you'll remember to thank a farmer for the abundance of food and fiber we have in Alabama. Their hard work assures the we have the safest and most economic product possible."

The Agriculture Council of America, organizers of National Ag Day, believes that every American should understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced and should value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

Each year, the National Ag Day program strives to promote American agriculture by focusing on how agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. The National Ag Day program is during National Ag Week, March 15-21, 2009. For more information, visit www.AgDay.org.


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