What does Ag mean to me?

Another repost from my College Aggies Online Group!

To me when I think of agriculture I think of so many different things it is incredible.

The first and most important that I think of is food production.  Food production is a huge part of agriculture.  If the farmers of the world did not grow food, where would it come from?  Would it fall from the sky, like the manna God sent the Israelites, I don’t think we have seen it fall since.  God blessed us with a beautiful earth and made us the stewards of it.  By being good stewards, we also gain the ability to reap the harvest of the bountiful crops it grows.  How we allocate those resources is up to us, but without farmers, our world would be overgrown.

The second thing I think of when I think of agriculture is the tight bond of the agricultural community.  Since having become involved in the ag industry, it never ceases to amaze me how the ag industry is always is able to work together to in light of a crisis to solve a problem.  There is an immense ability to come together.

The third thing that I think of is the responsibility to protect the earth they work so closely with.  As mentioned in the first point, God created this earth, leaving us to be the stewards of it.  Farmers and ranchers continually strive to work to ensure that we are recycling as much as we can.  This continued commitment to the earth is key to agricultures responsibility.  If we cared not, we would have run out of resources and we could not be where we are today.

So I guess when I think of agriculture I think of food, tight community bonds, and great stewardship.  Sounds to me like I think of Paul Harvey and his speech to the FFA entitles, “So God Made a Farmer.”  Agriculture means something different to everyone and there is no one definition that is correct, but rather a collection of definitions that lead to a general idea.  What does ag mean to you?

Until Next Time, Go BEEF!

-Zach

So God Made a Farmer

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So needless to say, I am really excited that the blog topic this week is about last night’s Dodge Ram commercial.  I was really hoping that it would be.  The commercial reflects what many in the agriculture industry are trying to do.  As soon as the commercial came on last night and I realized what was happening, I grabbed my computer from my desk and immediately posted to Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.  What was even more surprising was that there were already about 15 others who had beat me to it, mind you that the commercial was hardly over yet.  Many in the ag industry saw this commercial as an embodiment of what the industry means to us.  As we were all taking to social networks, #GODMADEAFARMER began to trend on Twitter, which made it even better.  By trending on Twitter we knew we had a lot of people out there “agvocating” for us.  To be a part of the agriculture industry is great and means so much to me.  Yes, it may mean early mornings to take care of a sick cow, a newborn calf, or to go show.  But no matter where I am there are always others who share my passion for the industry and I share their passion.  We all work cohesively together for a common goal.  How often do other industries work together in such a big way, most are cut throat, get out my way, and competitive, right?  I always appreciate and enjoy the fact that we are not like that.  Considering that we have the huge task of feeding the world, if we did take part in cut throat competition no one would buy our products.