We proudly support National Agriculture Week and National Ag Day!
This year, we are providing you with a few facts and tips to help support National Agriculture Week (March 18-24) and National Agriculture Day (March 20, a.k.a the first day of Spring).
National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join in recognition and appreciation of agriculture in our country.
The American National CattleWomen are dedicated to growing beef demand through education and development. To obtain these objectives, we would like to encourage you to participate in National Ag Week and Day by sharing your story on social media. When posting on Instagram and Twitter, please use the following hashtags:
#AgDay, #BeefPros, #ANCW, #CattleWomen, #Cattletales, #CattleGals, #FoodforLife
We’ve put together a variety of facts and tips for use on social media to make it easy for you to help promote agriculture this week and the throughout the rest of the year.
To celebrate and honor the contributions of women in agriculture, USDA has released a series of fact sheets detailing the impact women have on agriculture in each state and across the country. To learn more, click here.
Facts about Raising Beef
- Average age of a beef cattle rancher is 58
- Of the 727,906 beef farms and ranches, 91% are family-owned or individually-operated.
- 11% are operated by women
- The average beef cow herd size is 40 head of cattle
- There’s a app for that! Modern-day ranchers use all kinds of technology from drones to apps to help maintain a healthy herd.
Beef Nutrition Facts
Recipes, interactive meat counter, and more info at Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.
- Beef is heart-healthy and provides high-quality protein
- Eating a diet higher in protein can actually help people lose and maintain a healthy weight and support a healthy metabolism. Research shows eating 25-30 grams of protein at each meal is ideal for optimal body benefits.
- Lean beef is low in saturated fat and cholesterol
- Research shows a heart healthy diet and lifestyle that includes lean beef, even daily, improved cholesterol levels. About half the fatty acids found in beef are called monounsaturated fatty acids, the same kind found in olive oil, and, as part of a heart-healthy diet, can reduce cholesterol levels.
- Have you visited the meat counter at your favorite grocery store lately? Most grocery store meat counters carry 65% of the 38 lean cuts of beef?
- One 3 oz. serving of cooked beef provides:
- 8% of calories (169 calories) in a 2,000-calorie diet.
- 25 grams of protein (that’s roughly 50% of the Daily Value)
- 10 essential nutrients including: Zinc, Iron, Protein and B Vitamins
Ways to Cook Beef
- Ground Beef: Grill, Pan Fry
- Ribeye: Grill, Broil, Pan Fry
- Brisket: Slow cooker, Braise, Smoke
- Tenderloin: Roast, Grill, Broil
- Round: Slow Cooker, Stew, Braise
Activities by Day
- Sunday: Make a beef meal with your family. Share photos of the meal on social media. (Don’t forget to tag us!)
- Monday: Promote National Ag Week by creating content to post on Tuesday.
- Tuesday: National Ag Day – Tell your beef story. While feeding cattle, post a video, go Live on Facebook, or post a photo. Remember, people want to see you in the photo. While cooking lunch or dinner, do an Instastory on Instagram. Work off the farm, but still love agriculture? Tell your followers what your role is off the farm and how you still have an impact in the industry.
- Wednesday: Contact your legislator and remind them of the importance of supporting farm initiatives. House Members and/or Senate Members
- Thursday: Volunteer at your local school and plan an ag in the classroom activity. For lesson plans, visit http://www.agfoundation.org/on-the-farm/learn-about-beef. To volunteer, contact a local teacher and kindly ask for permission with your plan. Set aside an hour with the class. Whether you are planning to read a book or play a game, remember to take giveaways or snacks.
- Friday: Throw a cook-off party with friends. Try to incorporate ingredients your state is known for.
- Saturday: Share a recipe you love on social media.
Curious about other parts of agriculture and how to get involved? Visit the National Ag Day website.