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Celebrate National Agriculture Week beginning Sunday

Tuesday, Mar. 18 | By Jonathan Hunley
Doris Gatewood from Bealeton and her daughters Sophia, Olivia and Julia pick out vegetables at the Warrenton farmers market last fall. Fauquier Times File Photo
Hug a farmer next week, or if that seems too forward, at least thank him or her for helping to feed America.

National Agriculture Week is March 23 to 29, and National Agriculture Day is March 25.

The program encourages Americans to understand how food and is produced, to appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, affordable products and to value agriculture's essential role in the economy, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau.

The theme of this year's Ag Week is “365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

In the Old Dominion, county Farm Bureau women’s committees will mark the occasion by donating money and nonperishable food to regional food banks, food pantries and Ronald McDonald Houses.

And Virginia’s fourth annual Agriculture Literacy Week will run concurrently with Ag Week. Farm Bureau volunteers and others will celebrate this occasion by reading agriculture-related books to pre-school and elementary school students.

“Farm Bureau producer members are proud to share their time and resources while calling attention to Ag Week,” said Wayne F. Pryor, president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and a Goochland County beef and grain producer. “Providing food, fiber and other products for our communities, our nation and the world is a tremendous responsibility and one that we take very seriously.”

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