Explore the history of National Farmer’s Day, and learn why we celebrate those in the ag industry on October 12th.

October 12th is National Farmer’s Day, and it’s a day for everyone to acknowledge the hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation. The day generally encourages everyone to thank the farmers and ranchers in their lives and to pay tribute in some way to the unknown individuals who plow, sow, raise, feed, and harvest to provide the food and materials that our country needs to succeed. Explore the history of the day below.

History of Farmer’s Day

According to the website NationalDayCalendar.com, National Farmer’s Day was once called Old Farmer’s Day, and it has deep roots that go back to when agriculture was much more common in everyday life. Essentially, the day was to thank farmers for their hard work and contribution to the economy. It is believed that agriculture is one of the world’s oldest industries, and the economies of many countries still rest squarely on the shoulders of the agricultural industry.

The day was set on October 12th because it is after the traditional harvest times of many crops—back before cold-hardy cultivars and technologies like high tunnels and other methods to extend the growing season were put into practice. That way, the farmers themselves would be able to join in the festivities because they would be done with the harvest.

There are a variety of festivities and celebrations around the day, and not all of them are on the 12th. For example, there is an Old Farmer’s Day festival in Loranger, Louisiana that re-enacts the way of life of farmers long ago, before technologies like the gasoline engine created such change. Held October 21st and 22nd, it will be the 44th gathering of the event. No matter when you celebrate, make sure you thank those in the ag industry for their efforts.

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