The history of National Farmer's Day

The history of National Farmer's Day

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Oct. 12 is National Farmer's Day. A time where Americans give special thanks to the 2 percent of the population who feeds and sustains the rest of us. 

According to the USDA, there are about 2 million farms operating in the United States. In 2018, crop receipts totaled more than 197 billion and animal/product receipts totaled 176.5 billion. 

According to National Day Calendar, National Farmer's Day traces back to the 1800s and was previously known as Old Farmer's Day. The origins of the holiday trace back to when agriculture was far more prevalent in society. 

The date in mid-October was chosen because in the 1800 and 1900s that was traditionally when the harvest ended, giving farmers a chance to enjoy some hard-earned celebrations. Now, technology has extended the harvest. 

Many states and cities have their own individual celebrations for National Farmer's Day that typically fall in October. 

India, Ghana, Nepal and Zambia are the other nations who also have a national day of celebration for farmers. Regardless of how you celebrate, remember to thank a farmer today! 

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