As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I have been reflecting on what I am thankful for. I am thankful for agriculture.
For most people, state fairs mean funnel cakes, rusted amusement rides and, of course, corn dogs. But for people in the agricultural industry, they mean livestock shows.
There are many things that led me to my love for agriculture, but perhaps the most influential factor was my participation in 4-H.
Don’t stop educating and advocating. In the face of adversity, farmers still farm, and, in the same token, we should still advocate.
If you are not familiar with FFA, here some of the basics of the organization that has touched the lives of thousands of students.
I was recently asked “Why do youth still raise livestock and show at the fair?” I love questions like this. They open the door to not only inform and educate but to also share the impact involvement in 4-H and livestock can have on the lives of youth.
Coming from a small, rural town in east-central Missouri, I never would have imaged myself interning in an office near the nation’s Capitol.
I have seen so many individuals grow and develop through these amazing youth organizations and have a positive impact on this world.