Posted: March 12, 2024

Join the College of Agricultural Sciences to meet with clubs, club leaders, students, and agriculturalists to learn more about agriculture on and off campus! HUB Information Tables (Pollock Road Entrance) on March 19th, 2024 (11 AM- 2 PM).

In 1855, the Farmers’ High School was founded in Centre County, Pennsylvania. The ultimate mission of the Land Grant Institution was to cultivate future agricultural leaders with the knowledge and resources needed to return to the agricultural industry. The Pennsylvania State University has kept true to these roots within the College of Agricultural Sciences, being a leader in research, learning, and discovery for centuries. With the average American being three generations removed from agriculture, there is no better time than the present to educate the Penn State community on where some of the products they consume daily come from.

National Ag Day, being celebrated on March 19th, 2024, is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level. However, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential - if not more - than the broad-scale effort.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use, and wear daily, but too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training. By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture. Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960's. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more - and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.

The UPUA, on behalf of the University Park undergraduate student body, is helping to fund the National Ag Day Celebration to be held in the HUB on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. In partnership with clubs and organizations in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the celebration will take place to allow participants from across the University to learn more about commodities such as dairy, beef, poultry, vegetable, mushroom, swine, and crop production. In addition, organizations that promote agricultural involvement and sustainability shall be invited.