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Montana Ag Network: National Farmers Day

Posted at 9:18 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 23:18:46-04

GREAT FALLS- Farmers don’t always get the thanks they deserve for all the hard work they put in throughout the growing season.

But on Oct. 12, that shouldn’t be the case because its’ National Farmers Day.

It’s been celebrated since the 1800s, but no one really seems to know the origin of the day or how it came about.

Historical records indicate that it has existed for more than two centuries.

Originally it was referred to as “Old Farmer’s Day.” says: “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.”

A hearty “thank you” to farmers and their families as we near the end of another harvest here in Montana.

Story by Jason Laird, MTN News