03/17/2015 04:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Agriculture: It's Where Your Food Comes From

How often do you think about agriculture? I'm not just talking about window plants or pallet gardens that you find on Pinterest - but honest-to-goodness, tractor-in-the-field, cow-giving-birth farming and ranching.

Every time we step into a grocery store, enter a farmer's market or even open our refrigerator -- we are looking directly at agriculture.


Wednesday, March 18, is National Ag Day. It's a day where we can not only celebrate agriculture and the many blessings agriculture has given us, but it's also a great opportunity to reach out and make connections to a variety of people directly involved in growing your food.

It's an opportunity to truly make the farm to plate connection.

Farmers and ranchers are on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn - whatever connection you may want to make. There are opportunities to make farm visits, have Skype conversations, whatever your comfort level of conversation may be.

Do you have questions about where your food comes from? Take this opportunity to reach out and ask those questions. Engage with those that raise your food, that grow your produce, that provide the materials that make the food, fiber and fuel that are the lifeblood of our society.

I farm. I raise cattle. I'm a mother. And I want to answer your questions. All you need to do is ask.


Val and her husband, Mark, farm in rural North Dakota, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and hay as well as raising cattle and four busy boys. Val is passionate about agriculture and writes for several publications, as well as blogging at