Published On: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Plan Now to Celebrate Agriculture on February 13

Plan Now to Celebrate Agriculture on February 13
On February 13, Canadians are invited to celebrate the bounty of safe food produced by Canadian agriculture.

CANADA – Canadians are once again gearing up to celebrate their pride and passion for an industry that puts food on tables across this country and around the world every day.

Canada’s Agriculture Day will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13 this year, marking the second annual celebration of the sector of the economy that employs one in eight Canadians – from farmers and their suppliers to food processors and retailers.

“It’s a time to showcase all of the amazing things happening in Canadian agriculture and help consumers see the connection to where their food comes from and the people who produce it,” said Candace Hill, manager of Agriculture More Than Ever, one of the driving forces behind Canada’s Agriculture Day.

The first-ever Canada’s Agriculture Day last February 16 inspired hundreds of events across the country, opened doors to food conversations through social media, and showcased the industry.

“Canadian agriculture is an innovative, vibrant and forward-thinking industry, which plays a significant role in our economy,” said Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

“As Canadians, we can be proud that we produce among the safest, high-quality food for our country and the world,” MacAulay said. “Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector contributes over $110 billion to our economy and Canada’s Agriculture Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of our success and celebrate.”

The key to successful Canada’s Agriculture Day starts with the participation of farmers, according to Crystal Mackay, president of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. Their most recent survey showed Canadians consider farmers among the most credible sources of information when it comes to making informed decisions about their food.

“Farmers and the entire food system have a great story to tell which helps earn consumer trust and confidence in food,” Mackay said. “Consumers want to know more. Canada’s Agriculture Day is a great way to start the conversation in person and on social media.”

Events happening in communities across Canada are listed here. The website also suggests ideas for celebrations.

Individuals can also participate by making a meal for your family with all Canadian foods, snapping a farm or food photo and sharing it on social media using hashtags like #CdnAgDay and #FarmLife, or by giving back to their community by volunteering at the local food bank or soup kitchen.