Special to the Times Vedette

Iowa Ag Week celebrates Iowa agriculture’s immense contributions to the state while also highlighting efforts to give back to the communities we call home

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged all Iowans to celebrate Iowa Ag Week from Sunday, March 17 through Saturday, March 23. The weeklong statewide celebration, which includes National Ag Day on March 19, will highlight the immense importance of agriculture to the state, its people, economy and way of life. The week will also highlight ways that Iowa agriculture gives back, positively impacting fellow Iowans through community involvement and volunteer service.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of our state. It powers our economy, shapes our way of life, and feeds and fuels consumers here and around the world,” said Secretary Naig. “During Iowa Ag Week from March 17-23, I welcome and encourage all Iowans to celebrate Iowa agriculture’s positive impacts on our state while also giving back to our communities through volunteerism and service.” 

Celebrate Iowa Agriculture During Iowa Ag Week

The recent ag census pegs the value of Iowa crops and livestock at nearly $44 billion annually. Approximately one in five Iowans are employed directly because of agriculture. Our state’s farmers are setting records for conservation adoption. We are continually adding value to the commodities we grow, including by leading the country in biofuels and red meat production. We are investing in our youth through 4-H, FFA, workforce and ag literacy efforts, as well as many other initiatives. The Iowa Ag Community is encouraged to share this positive and impactful story in their own special way. And all Iowans can join in the celebration by attending an event, helping out in the community, or simply sharing on social media using #IowaAgWeek, everyone can participate in some way, big or small.

Iowa Agriculture Gives Back During Iowa Ag Week

A major focus for Secretary Naig and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship during the week will be giving back to Iowans through a day of service. Secretary Naig and Department employees will be volunteering at the Food Bank of Iowa. Secretary Naig has also challenged other ag organizations, businesses and non-profits to organize their own way of giving back through volunteering, or to showcase other examples of service to our state, our communities and our people.