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The National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson says its a good thing it's Congress that writes the budget, not the president, "There's no way you can roll this level of cuts through USDA without doing serious damage to the programs that support farmers and ranchers".

As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America.

For the past 44 years, every March 21, farmers are thanked for their efforts to provide food for the rest of the population.

County Farm Bureaus across the state will be celebrating National Ag Week.

The theme for 2017's edition of National Ag Day is "Agriculture: Food For Life".

Agriculture provides nearly everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products.

Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s.

"To those who work in acres, not hours".

"We don't often stop and think about the back-breaking work, even with modern technology, that goes into planting and harvesting and making sure that they have healthy crops to send to the market so that we can just go the grocery store and purchase that loaf of bread", said Cheryl Viola, executive director of the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce. Again this year, the Ag Day Planning Guide has been created to help communities and organizations more effectively host Ag Day events. Elliott's attractive snapshot featuring an evening view of grain bins in IN (shown above) will be used as the official National Ag Day poster for 2017. National Ag Week continues until March 25.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey visited a meat market in Pella on Monday.

Northey told KNIA/KRLS News it was "great to be able to hear some of that story". In fact, agricultural products are this country's No. 1 export. Organized by the ACA, National Ag Day festivities will be in Washington, D.C., with additional observations held around the country.