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Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) reports:

AEM support for the National Ag Day celebration will help ensure that Washington policymakers understand the critical importance of U.S. agriculture to the nation - and the world.

AEM is a sponsor of National Ag Day, set for March 19, 2013. National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.

Founded in 1973, National Ag Day encourages every American to:

Understand how food and fiber products are produced.

Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.

Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

Two days of high-profile events are planned for National Ag Day in Washington, D.C. Events include:

March 18, 2013
Farm to Fork Politics: An insider's look at the year ahead for food and agriculture - A panel discussion moderated by Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse and featuring Dr. J.B. Penn, chief economist, John Deere; Dr. Keith Collins, former chief economist, USDA; and B. Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Information Services Division, National Restaurant Association. Hart Senate Office Building Room 902, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Agri-Pulse Reception follows in the same room. No charge to attend reception.

March 19, 2013
USFRA Food Dialogues: The Next Generation of Food & Farming - A special event featuring young influencers exploring food trends and advancements in modern agriculture. Location TBA, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon - A luncheon emceed by legendary agricultural broadcaster Orion Samuelson and featuring the Outstanding Young Farmer honorees and members of Congress. Cannon Caucus Room, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FREE OF CHARGE

Celebration of Ag Dinner - This event will feature the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, and honor the winners of the Ag Day essay, video essay and poster contests. USDA Whitten Patio, 5:00 p.m. TICKETS: $150 PER PERSON, OR $1,500 FOR A RESERVED TABLE OF 10

To learn more and register for events, visit Or contact AEM's Nick Tindall (, tel: 202-701-4287).

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