Happy National Ag Day! Every year, farmers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, but too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training. By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.

Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people, a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the U.S.

No one knows that better than strip-tillers, who produce more with fewer inputs and passes across the field, and less impact on the environment. In many cases, longtime strip-tillers are making their land better than before by building soil health through practices like cover cropping and diversifying their rotations.

In honor of National Ag Day, Strip-Till Farmer's editors collected these 10 articles that illustrate strip-tillers' role in not only feeding our country, but also feeding our world:

  1. Straight Talk About Sustainable Farming
  2. Iowa Strip-Tillers Win National Conservation Legacy Award
  3. Schilling Family's Switch to Strip-Till Helps Solve Regional Water Issues
  4. Dean Fehl on Strip-Till Yesterday & Today
  5. A 50 Year Tradition of Conservation Practices in Northwest Ohio
  6. The "Grandfather" of Strip-Till Talks Transition & Technique 
  7. Breaking Down the Biological Value of a Strip-Till System
  8. Growing Nutrients, Smothering Weeds with Modified Organic Strip-Till
  9. How One Iowa Farmer Reduced His Fertilizer Usage by 30%
  10. Fulfilling a Soil Health Promise with Strategic Strip-Till, Cover Cropping