National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation.  In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and family who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day. 

National Farmer’s Day was previously known as Old Farmer’s Day.

From very early in American culture, farmers set an example with their endless hard work. Not only do they provide a nation with the food we eat, but they also contribute to our economy in numerous ways. Before seeds even find their way into the ground, farmers supply a stream of jobs. From manufacturing, marketing, and tourism, farmers keep small and large communities going strong. Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:

  • leather
  • apparel
  • restaurants
  • beverages
  • textiles
  • trucking
  • railroad
  • forestry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • transportation

Some cities and towns across the United States celebrate their own versions of Farmer’s Day. Dates are scattered throughout the year with celebrations and festivals. Many of them are held in September and October.

October does seem fitting for celebrating this National Day as it is near the end of the harvest.  Many farmers will be able to take a rest from their hard labor to join in the celebration of this holiday.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFarmersDay

Thank a farmer for the hard work they do to supply us with food.  Use #NationalFarmersDay to post on social media.


Records of National Farmer’s Day events exist dating back to the 1800s.  However, we have not determined the exact origins of the day.