FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2021

CONTACT: press@onecountryproject.org

One Country Statement on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Today, One Country Project co-founder Heidi Heitkamp released the following statement for National Agriculture Day:

“Today, on National Agriculture Day, we recognize the individuals who work tirelessly to make our agricultural system resilient, equitable, and sustainable. During the COVID-19 pandemic, workers from across the agriculture sector – from farmworkers tending the fields to restaurants producing meals – have shown great resiliency and great resolve to combat food insecurity. They provided food for nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. They sent fresh produce to food pantries. They supplied schools with ingredients for hot meals. When America was hurting, agricultural workers did not take a day off.

“America’s agriculture sector is also fraught by a history of exclusion that disenfranchised and discriminated against farmers and farmworkers of color, and in celebrating National Agriculture Day we should not flinch at acknowledging there is work that must be done to address past wrongs and ensure the future of American agriculture is diverse and offers opportunity for all. Just as agricultural workers have stepped up for us during the pandemic, we must continue to stand up for those within the agriculture industry that have often been left unheard and unseen: Our Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and our guest farmers who come to America to do the hard work that allows our food system to be as resilient as it is.

“This community has and will continue to be on the frontline of keeping our nation prosperous and competitive, and we celebrate their incredible efforts today and every day.”

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About One Country Project

The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website, OneCountryProject.org.