National Farmer Day is a day to celebrate and pay tribute to all the farmers throughout American history. The American farmer has historically been the provider of agriculture and horticulture production for not only Americans but for most of the world. The United States tops the list in production volume, accounting for more than 360 million tons of grain. The total exports of grain from the United States from 2021 to 2022, according to US Government statics, was approximately 104.4 million metric tons of grain. We truly are the land of plenty,
The American Farmer is historically generous with their time and compassion for other communities both here in the US and abroad. The USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program is one of the best examples of farmers taking their talents and knowledge overseas to help other people live a better life. A life where they don’t just get by but thrive as well. US volunteers donate their time and knowledge to help others with a wide variety of issues. Farmers do more than just plant a seed and hope for the best, they have to be knowledgeable in weather patterns, soil conditions, market fluctuations, business operations, pest management, and a myriad of other items! Their technical expertise is not only in food production, but also in marketing strategy, co-op development, and extension education, just to name a few. The Farmer-to-Farmer program ensures the knowledge that has been passed from US farmers to international farmers will live on and grow for the future for all people around the world.