National Ag Day: Where Was the Food On Your Plate Grown?

Farmer Gene

We made it! Today is National Ag Day where individuals from across the industry come together to recognize and celebrate the abundance and contributions provided by agriculture. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA), whose primary focus is the National Agriculture Day Program, hosts National Ag Day every year in March.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of National Ag Day which has been given the theme of “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.”

Below is a great blog from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showcasing how the Agency is celebrating this year’s National Ag Day! 

March is National Nutrition Month. Throughout the month, USDA will be highlighting results of our efforts to improve access to safe, healthy food for all Americans and supporting the health of our next generation.

Recently, the Let’s Move! campaign issued its annual call for kids to enter original recipes into the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.  One winner from each state will be selected to attend the 2016 Kids “State Dinner” at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. This year, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is putting a spotlight on homegrown pride and encouraging entries from across the country that include ingredients grown in your state, territory, or community, celebrating MyPlate, MyState.

From farm to fork, agriculture and nutrition are integrally linked. And every state in the U.S. can play an important role in helping Americans eat healthfully. Thanks to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the maps below show where foods from every MyPlate food group are grown. If you have a child between ages 8 to 12, consider having them enter a recipe into the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The deadline for entries is April 4. And stay tuned for more on MyPlate, MyState from CNPP – we’ll have more activities for everyone next month!

The Grains map

This map includes the following commonly eaten grains: oats, popcorn, rice, rye, wheat. Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The Vegetables map

This map includes the following commonly eaten vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, avocados, bell peppers, green lima beans, snap beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, celery, cucumbers, pickles, eggplant, escaroles, endives, lettuce, okra, onions, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips and watercress. Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The Protein map

This map includes the following commonly eaten proteins: chickens, cattle and calves, ducks, geese, hogs, sheep and lambs, turkeys, eggs, lentils, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, walnuts, catfish, trout, other food fish. Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The Fruits map

This map includes the following commonly eaten fruits: apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupes, cherries, grapefruits, grapes, honeydews, kiwifruits, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plum-apricot hybrids, plums, peaches, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, temple oranges and watermelons. Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The Dairy map

This map includes the following commonly eaten dairy item: milk. Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture.

For more information about the Census of Agriculture and these maps, check out this blog from the National Agricultural Statistics Service: #AgCensus and MyPlate Serve up Lessons in Math, Nutrition, and More.

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