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March 15, 2016

National Ag Day a Time for Advocating

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National Ag day highlights the importance of advocating for agriculture. Micheal Clements reports.
Clements: The national spotlight is on agriculture this week, bringing a chance to highlight life on the farm and its importance. Farm Bureau National Young Farmer and Rancher Chair Cole Coxbill , a fourth generation rancher from Wyoming, says it’s very important for young farmers and ranchers to advocate for agriculture.
Coxbill: It’s our future that we want to shape and be a part of. We have to be the best advocates, that get involved in our county levels and our state levels, to shape the future of agriculture for our kids because we are in the age of making the next generation.
Clements: National Ag Day, now in its 43rd year, aims to enhance public awareness and appreciation to the contribution of agriculture in the U.S.
Coxbill: National Ag Day is important because we need to be an open book and we just need to empower and inform everybody, ourselves as well as the public about what’s going on in agriculture.
Clements: Coxbill says starting conversations about agriculture is the first step in being an advocate.
Coxbill: In your small community, it doesn’t matter if it’s 100 people or 10,000 people or bigger, just right there, local schools, starting the conversations around the coffee shops or restaurants or whatever the case may be, but just be that open book and show what we’re doing.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

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