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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release March 20, 1998
                      ON NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY

Today, we celebrate National Agriculture Day, 1998.

Agriculture has been the backbone of America since the days of our Founding Fathers. Our farmers and ranchers produce a rich bounty of crops, feeding countless millions here and abroad. They work sun up to sun down so that our cupboards are full and our children grow healthy and strong.

America's farmers lead the world in technological innovation. They work to ensure the safety of our food by applying the latest advances in science and food safety technology. And they are helping to create a new energy future by converting crops to alternative fuels like ethanol, an effort this Administration will continue to support.

Farmers also have answered America's call for better conservation through programs that protect our water, our soil and our wildlife. On this special day, President Clinton and I honor those who work the earth so that we can enjoy the safest, most reliable and most affordable food supply in the world. And, we pledge to continue to work with the farmers to promote sound Agricultural policy for our nation.