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National Ag Day

March 25, 2014

With one of the strongest agriculture industries in the nation, Iowa takes great pride in commemorating National Agriculture Day each year. Every March since 1973, producers, agricultural associations, universities, government agencies and countless others have joined together to recognize the sizeable contribution of our nation’s agricultural sector and generate awareness of its importance across a multitude of industries.  

This year’s National Agriculture Day will simultaneously honor an Iowa native and pioneer in agricultural innovation, Dr. Norman Borlaug. On March 25, a select group of Iowans, joined by Governor Terry Branstad, will travel to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the unveiling of Dr. Borlaug’s seven-foot tall bronze statue located at the U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall. Dr. Borlaug is credited with the development of disease resistant wheat varieties adaptable to a variety of growing conditions.

This innovation, combined with intensive work with farmers and their crop management practices, dramatically increased crop yields in Mexico and other strained regions throughout the world. Throughout history, Iowa has made substantial investments and dedicated valuable resources to nurture its agriculture and bioscience sectors.

The state is ranked number one in the nation in the production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs. Iowa is also home to state universities with world-renowned agricultural and bioscience research and development capabilities. Iowa has invested heavily in bioscience research throughout the past ten years, with $81 million in direct financial assistance to nearly 200 bioscience projects throughout the state. In short, Iowa has created the ideal environment for the agriculture industry and bioscience companies to grow and succeed. -Kathy A., IEDA Marketing Team



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