03-24-20 PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PROCLAMATION ON NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2020


PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PROCLAMATION ON NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2020

“As our Nation continues to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we pay tribute to the unbeatable strength of America’s agricultural producers as they once again answer the call to feed our country and the world.  On this National Agriculture Day, and now more than ever, we salute and honor the men and women who contribute daily to our national prosperity.”

– President Donald Trump

Click here for our formatted PDF version of the press release from the Office of the Press Secretary related to today’s announcement that President Trump has proclaimed tomorrow, March 24, 2020, as National Agriculture Day.

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FULL PROCLAMATION

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2020
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION
Since our Nation’s earliest days, farming communities
have been a bedrock of our society. In a letter to George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson famously stated that agriculture “is
our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to
real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” As our Nation continues
to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic,
we pay tribute to the unbeatable strength of America’s
agricultural producers as they once again answer the call to feed
our country and the world. On this National Agriculture Day, and
now more than ever, we salute and honor the men and women who
contribute daily to our national prosperity.

United States agricultural food and fiber production has
increased significantly over the past century, while the amount of
resources used to produce those goods has largely stayed the
same. This incredible productivity is due to innovations that
have propelled the American model of agriculture to the top of the
world stage, allowing Americans to spend less of their paychecks
on food. Americans feed their families with the safest,
healthiest, and most affordable food in the world. Thanks to the
efficiency of our farmers and ranchers, our rural communities are
stronger and more resilient.

Since taking office, I have worked tirelessly to deliver
on my promise to negotiate better trade deals for our country,
directly benefitting agricultural communities. After decades of
one-sided trade agreements that left the great men and women of
our country behind, my Administration has secured fairer and more
reciprocal deals that ensure American workers are put first. Our
farmers, whose grit and hard work help feed, fuel, and clothe
millions around the world, are key beneficiaries of these historic
trade agreements. In 2019, I delivered the United States-Japan
Trade Agreement, which is already providing our farmers, ranchers,
and agribusinesses with new market access to 127 million Japanese
consumers. In January, I ended the outdated and unbalanced North
American Free Trade Agreement by signing into law the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), creating incredible
opportunities for American farmers and ranchers. The USMCA
empowers American businesses in our vital agricultural sector with
greater freedom to sell their goods throughout North
America. Thanks to this better deal, American agriculture exports
are expected to increase by $2.2 billion. I also signed a new,
fully enforceable trade agreement with China, which will help
start to rebalance our vital trade partnership. As part of this
deal, China has pledged to increase imports of American goods and
services over the next 2 years by at least $200 billion, including
purchasing more than $80 billion in American agricultural goods.

Across our country, farming families and communities
demonstrate the timeless American values of hard work,
perseverance, and stewardship of the land. Just as they have for
centuries, our farmers provide the foundation of a national
economic supply chain that is critical to our national security
and prosperity. Today and every day, we express our gratitude to
these individuals and remember the central place of agriculture in
our national identity and American way of life.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me
by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim March 24, 2020, as National Agriculture Day. I encourage
all Americans to observe this day by recognizing the preeminent
role that agriculture plays in our daily lives, acknowledging
agriculture’s continuing importance to rural America and our
country’s economy, and expressing our deep appreciation of
farmers, growers, ranchers, producers, national forest system
stewards, private agricultural stewards, and those who work in the
agriculture sector across the Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord
two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP