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A 21st-century investment in productive, sustainable agriculture

On March 15, 2016, more than 550 farmers, food producers and processors, student leaders, private-sector businesses, and representatives from universities and rural communities visited Washington to celebrate National Agriculture (AG) Day. Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and Congress understand how farmers grow safe and affordable food, and underscores the essential role of agriculture in maintaining both a strong economy and national food security.

A key concern expressed by many of those participating in National AG Day this year was the need for greater investments in the very foundation of American agriculture: the research, development and extension services required to maintain the high productivity and environmental sustainability of American farmers and ranchers and to provide sufficient nutritious food, fiber and biofuel for a growing world.

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