Farmers, ranchers lauded at National Ag Day celebration

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NORWICH – Dozens of area farmers and supporters of agriculture gathered at the Classic Car Museum’s events center in Norwich on Tuesday to observe the 43rd annual National Ag Day, a day set aside to promote agriculture’s vital role in society.

Each year, the Chenango County Farm Bureau capitalizes on Ag Day to underline the importance of Chenango’s ag industry. According to CCFB President Bradd Vickers, agriculture isn’t just about farming; it’s about the American way of life.

“I think it’s important to show gratitude to the many men and women who make agriculture possible. American farmers and ranchers are not only an integral part of the economy, but they characterize what makes America great – and that’s hard work,” said Vickers. “There’s an entire industry dedicated to provide safe, abundant and affordable products, a strong economy, a source for renewable energy, and a world of job opportunities ... If we don’t take care of agriculture, the rest really doesn’t matter.”

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