Today is National Agriculture Day in the US. I’m proud to be in agriculture as a rancher here in Oklahoma.
I’m also proud of the role that agribusiness plays in small towns all over the world. Agriculture is a key part of rural prosperity.
Ag-based businesses in the US are almost unbelievably diverse.
- you-pick places
- community supported agriculture
- tiny homesteads
- fish farms
- huge operations
- hay mazes
- dude ranches
- equipment dealers
- ag lenders
The list goes on from there.
Local foods, food hubs and food tourism all rely on your agriculture base. And tourism is linked to agriculture through many agri-tourism ventures.
Ag is also center of opportunity for green, or environmentally friendly, business. The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute issued a Green jobs in food production report for Minnesota that is eye-opening. Had you really thought about the number and diversity of entrepreneurial opportunities just around green jobs in agriculture, production and processing?
If all that isn’t enough, remember that your locally-owned ag businesses return more of their income directly into your local economy.
That’s plenty of reason to be AgProud, whether you’re in the US or anywhere in the world.
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.