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2014 National Agriculture Day

CHERYL TEVIS Updated: 03/21/2014 @ 10:39am Cheryl has been an editor at Successful Farming since 1979.

Agriculture and art are a winning combination. Just ask aspiring art student Brittany Plachecki. “When I submitted my art in the National Ag Day competition, I had no expectation that I’d be a finalist,” she says.

For the second year, National Ag Day (March 25) is showcasing the talents of a young artist’s original work celebrating modern agriculture. Winning artist Brittany Plachecki is a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her artwork will be displayed on the official National Ag Day poster.

The National Ag Day Poster Art Contest is sponsored by Meredith Agrimedia and the Agriculture Council of America. All entries were reviewed by a nine-member jury. The finalists were featured online, and the winner was determined after an online voting competition. Plachecki received a $1,000 Successful Farming magazine scholarship.
The winning artwork will be on display at National Ag Day events in Washington, D.C., on March 25. Click here to order posters online.

Agriculture theme mirrors a mosaic

National Agriculture Day was created in 1973 to recognize and to celebrate the abundance of U.S. agriculture. This is the 41st anniversary of National Ag Day, organized by the Agriculture Council of America, a nonprofit organization of leaders in the agricultural, food, and fiber communities. The 2014 National Ag Day theme is Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.

Plachecki describes her entry in this way, “It reminds me of a quilt pattern, with the Earth as the sun, playing a critical role in feeding the entire world. I wanted to use bright colors and colors that occur naturally,” she adds. “I chose a somewhat childlike look for this, because when I think of feeding the world, I think of feeding hungry children.”

The 22-year-old will graduate in May with a fine arts degree in illustration. She will continue her education, adding an art history degree by December 2014.

“My parents both grew up on farms,” the Liberty, Missouri, native says.

The National Ag Day schedule of events in Washington, D.C., on March 25 features a mix-and-mingle luncheon and a National Celebration of Agriculture dinner. The 2014 National Ag Essay Contest winner also will be recognized at the dinner. About 100 college students are expected to arrive in Washington, D.C., to help deliver the National Ag Day message to members of Congress.

This message encourages Americans to:
• Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
• Appreciate farming’s role in providing safe, abundant, and affordable products.
• Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
• Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, and fiber industries.

Ways to take part

Visit agday.org for more information as well as to order your Ag Day promotion materials. The website offers an array of information that can be used to spread the word about National Ag Day. Materials include talking points, logos, sample speeches, press releases, letters to the editor, radio scripts, PSAs, and interactive tools that are designed for posts to your blog or website.

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