National Agriculture Week began today with Nebraska Governor Pete Rickkets to issue a proclamation for the week tomorrow, but this past Friday he proclaimed today as the second-annual “Meat on the Menu Day” in the state.
Ricketts is encouraging Nebraskans to purchase and eat beef, pork, chicken, lamb, or another kind of meat not just today but on a regular basis as part of a healthy diet.
He called Meat on the Menu Day “a great opportunity for families to go to a restaurant or pick up some meat at the store to grill at home (for) a great, nutritious meal while supporting our farmers and ranchers.”
Ricketts and the governors of other livestock producing states began Meat on the Menu Day to counter the MeatOUT campaign, which began in 1985 and is now the world’s largest annual grassroots educational campaign on removing meat from diets.
MeatOut Day encourages people to give up eating meat for one day as an introduction to a meat-free diet.