HELENA, Mont. -- An Agriculture Appreciation Day luncheon for legislators and a Montana products showcase are among the Montana activities scheduled in Helena to celebrate National Ag Week, March 17-23, 2013.
"National Ag Day, March 19, is a time to recognize the importance of farming and ranching and to celebrate Montana's No. 1 industry," says Ron de Yong, director of the Montana Department of Agriculture.
"Sales of farm and ranch products bring in more than $3 billion a year to our Montana economy. We're working with ag producers and entrepreneurs to keep more of that value in Montana by processing raw commodities into food items and other value-added products."
U.S. consumers spend about 10 percent of their incomes on food, compared to 26 percent in Japan, 28 percent in South Africa and 51 percent in India, de Yong notes. The average wheat farm in Montana produces more than 27,000 bushels of wheat, enough to bake 1.6 million loaves of bread.
Events scheduled in conjunction with Ag Week this year in Helena include:
-- March 19 -- Ag Appreciation Day luncheon for legislators in the Capitol rotunda.
-- March 20 & 21 -- Montana Agriculture Showcase for legislators and the public in the Capitol rotunda. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, more than 20 Montana agricultural product manufacturers will exhibit their products. Products featured include goat cheese, spirits, pasta, gluten-free, etc. from all across Montana.
Agricultural Development Division
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2402
Fax: (406) 444-9442
Published: March 8, 2013 12:00:00 PM MST.
Last Modified: March 8, 2013 2:09:53 PM MST