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Russ Johnsrud of the NRCS discussed the importance of soils, agricultural land and what can be produced locally at the 2009 Ag Day in Park Rapids. (Submitted photo)

Ag Day inspires future farmers, ranchers, producers

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American agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of everyday life ... food, fiber, forests and even fuel. That's the message of National Ag Day, which was celebrated March 27, 2009 in Park Rapids.

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Producers, agricultural associations, corporations, government agencies and many others across Hubbard County came together to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture at the Park Rapids Century School.

The National Ag Day program is committed to increasing public awareness about American agriculture. As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources that the United States produces.

County 4th graders learned about the life of an RDO Agronomist from William Mack, the importance of animal welfare from Ken Kalish of Carma Llama Rescue, dairy production by Leo and Lynn Gartner, hog production from Tod, Renee & Tanner Becker and Ron James of Becker Farms.

Youth were also introduced to the available services of Prairie Lakes Coop by Tyler White and the NRCS by Russ Johnsrud. The students also had the opportunity to learn about the county 4-H program from Jill and Hannah Arvik.

Each year, the Ag Day program gathers members of the agricultural industry in an effort to promote American agriculture. Focused on sharing how agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and

wear on a daily basis, the National Ag Day program helps educate millions of consumers each year.

Haugen is 4-H program coordinator for Hubbard County.

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