Trump proclaims Mar. 21 as 'National Agriculture Day

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Washington D.C. (U.S.), Mar. 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has proclaimed March 21 as 'National Agriculture Day' and said the efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today on <a href="">#NationalAgDay</a>, we honor our great American farmers & ranchers. Their hard work & dedication are ingrained in our nation&#39;s fabric. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">March 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script> "America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity. The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly innovative. It continuously builds on its centuries of progress through advances in science, research, technology, safety, production, and marketing to meet the demands of changing consumer needs and complex world markets," the White House said in a statement. Trump further said that the agriculture sector provides jobs across the nation, not just for farmers and ranchers, but for foresters, scientists, processors, shippers, firefighters, police, and retailers. "American agriculture is the largest positive contributor to our Nation's net trade balance, generating 10 percent of our exports and millions of American jobs. America's farmers and ranchers provide a safe and plentiful domestic food supply, which is vital to our national security. Moreover, they safeguard our sustainable resource base for future generations. As my Administration fights for better trade deals, agriculture will be an important consideration so that its significant contributions will only increase in the years ahead," the statement added. Asserting that American farmers and ranchers are the heart and soul of America and they represent the determined, self-reliant character of the nation, the U.S. President said they are proud of the American agriculture and recognize agriculture's critical role to the nation's bright future. "NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2017, as National Agriculture Day," the statement said. Trump said that he encourages all Americans to observe this day by recognizing the preeminent role that agriculture plays in Americans' daily life, acknowledging agriculture's continuing importance to the country's economy, and expressing their deep appreciation of farmers and ranchers across the nation. "IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first," the statement added. (ANI)