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Farmers recognized for providing food safety net

CHERYL TEVIS Updated: 03/15/2011 @ 12:00pm Cheryl has been an editor at Successful Farming since 1979.

National Agriculture Week is prime time to get out the word about the vital role that American farmers play in U.S. food security and around the world. This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Your Food, Your Farmer.""Agriculture touches everyone's life in one way or another, yet our farmers and ranchers can often be overlooked for the important work they do," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "We should all take time during Ag Day to thank producers for a job well done."

National Ag Week celebrates the contributions of agriculture in our everyday lives, and encourages Americans to learn more about how their food, fiber, and fuel products are produced. It's sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America.

Vilsack points out that agriculture accounts for one-fifth of the U.S. economic activity. This role puts farmers front and center in protecting the nation's security.

The Ag Day kick-off Mix and Mingle Luncheon is today in Washington, D.C. A National Celebration of Ag Dinner will be held tonight at the USDA Whitten Patio.

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