Whether we realize it or not, all of our lives are affected by the agriculture industry. What we eat, and sometimes what we wear and other things we use daily have their start in the world of agriculture, on farms all over the country and all over the world. There are so many people who work hard to provide us with things we use every day; things we often take for granted.
Indiana has always had a strong agriculture industry, and I was honored to be invited to attend Ag Day at the Indiana State House to officially kick off Indiana Agriculture Appreciation Month. This event was a great opportunity for me to learn more about Indiana agriculture. I had no idea that so much of the food I consume on a daily basis comes from right here in Indiana. Indiana ranks first in commercial duck production, and Indiana pork farmers raise enough pork to feed 25 million people every year! We all know how much I love pork, so that’s an exciting statistic for me.
I also had the opportunity to sample some of the delicious products of Indiana agriculture firsthand. Some Indiana food truck vendors were on hand to allow us to sample some of the finest local ingredients Indiana has to offer. I loved the pasta primavera from Little Eataly and the steak salad from Duos, but my favorite was the amazing taco from Tacos Without Borders. A delicious cupcake (or two) from Scout’s Treats was a great way to finish my meal(s). I washed it all down with some delicious chocolate milk, a rare treat since my youngest has a dairy allergy.
As I met and talked with farmers who’ve had farms in their family for as many as six generations, I was humbled to think about all the hard work that goes into the food I eat. It’s great to have a day and a month to celebrate Indiana agriculture, but these farmers deserve so much more. They deserve our respect, they deserve our support, and they deserve our prayers. They deserve our thanks for all that they do. I was so excited to see that even our governor Mike Pence made it a point to attend Ag Day and show his support. That’s how important agriculture is in our state. Ag Day made me proud to call the Hoosier state my home.
Thank you to Indiana’s Family of Farmers for inviting me to be a part of such an amazing event. I am truly honored. It was a great reminder of how I need to make sure my children understand the journey their food takes – “from tractor to truck.”
I was invited to be a part of Ag Day at the Indiana Statehouse by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. This is a sponsored post. All opinions and love of pork are 100% mine.