National Farm Rescuer Day is observed across the world on the third Thursday in March. This year, it takes place on March 16. The day honors those who help farmers in need. When farmers fall prey to illness, injury, or natural disasters, farm rescuers help get the jobs done. They help farmers with seed planting, harvesting, and any other work that needs to be done at the farm. Farm rescuers help farmers by volunteering their time, talents, and financial resources. Their commitment is valuable. When the going gets tough, farm rescuers make the work manageable. Happy National Farm Rescuer Day to every farm rescuer for their selfless service.
History of National Farm Rescuer Day
Farm Rescue started National Farm Rescuer Day in 2017 to honor all the selfless men and women who have never hesitated to lend a helping hand to farm workers. National Farm Rescuer Day also acknowledges the role of individual donors, business sponsors, and grantors in making the organization’s mission possible. Founded by Bill Gross in 2005, Farm Rescue has helped nearly 800 families since its inception. Like the founder, many rescuers have a deep love for the land and the community spirit of farming and ranching. Farm rescuers come from all walks of life and their mission is to help the farming community to the best of their abilities.
The mission of Farm Rescue is to help family farms and ranches overcome any crisis and continue to make profits despite difficulties. Farm Rescue provides planting, haying, harvesting, and livestock feeding assistance to any farm family affected by injury, illness, or natural disaster.
Through their long history of work, farm rescuers say that one of the biggest financial drains on a family is an unexpected medical injury or illness. Natural disasters also wreak havoc on agricultural families. In fact, it is the worst since the family’s livelihood depends on the ability to plant, harvest, or provide for their herd for their crops to flourish. Farm Rescue gives families a chance to continue their livelihood by providing the necessary equipment and manpower, without any extra cost! It is truly a noble pursuit that benefits everyone from farmers to consumers to rely on fresh and regular produce.
National Farm Rescuer Day timeline
Man starts to domesticate plants and animals.
Farming machines in Europe dramatically increase production.
Gregor Mendel’s work helps apply genetics to agriculture.
High-yield wheat and rice are cultivated in Mexico and Asia.
National Farm Rescuer Day FAQs
What are the seven types of farming?
The seven types of farming are: shifting agriculture, plantation agriculture, intensive farming, dry agriculture, mixed and multiple agriculture, crop rotation, and terrace cultivation.
What is the importance of farming?
In addition to farmers, agricultural equipment manufacturers, food processing facilities, transportation, infrastructural facilities, and production all add to the employment numbers. Agriculture plays a critical role in every economy.
How farming is done?
After deciding what to grow, farmers often till the land by loosening the soil and mixing in fertilizers, which are nutrient-rich. Then, they sow seeds or plant seedlings. When the crops are growing, farmers must water (or rely on rainfall), weed, and kill crop pests.
How to Observe National Farm Rescuer Day
Thank a farm rescuer
Start the celebrations for National Farm Rescuer Day by thanking a farm rescuer. They do crucial, selfless work and deserve our gratitude and appreciation. Thank them with a handwritten note.
Make a donation
Celebrate National Farm Rescuer Day by making a donation to Farm Rescue. Encourage your workmates and friends to do the same so that farm rescuers can continue to help farmers without charging any money.
Volunteer as a farm rescuer
Do you think you have the skills needed to be a farm rescuer? Why not celebrate National Farm Rescuer Day by signing up as a volunteer with Farm Rescue? You can also offer help to farming families around you.
5 Interesting Farming Facts
Two million farms in the U.S.
Roughly three million people work on these farms.
Most farmers in the U.S. are white
All but 5% of American farmers are white.
Food demand is increasing rapidly
Farmers will have to produce 70% more food to feed everyone in 2050.
Agriculture’s share in the American economy
It contributes only 1% to the GDP.
Farmers are getting older
A farmer in America is 58 on average.
Why National Farm Rescuer Day is Important
The true goal of National Farm Rescuer Day is to give back to the community. It is a wonderful way to engage with community service. All celebrations of the day require us to be empathetic to the needs of others.
For the greater good
Farmers are crucial for humanity. We cannot imagine a reality where farmers do not exist. By helping out farmers, farm rescuers ensure that the rest of us get nutritional produce and meat regularly.
Lending a helping hand
The aim of National Farm Rescuer Day is rooted in helping and charity. Volunteers and farm rescuers selflessly help farmers during tough times such as during illness, injury, and natural disasters.
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