What is Agriculture?
It's Bigger than you Think! Is Homesteading worth it?
What is agriculture? Do we really understand how important our farmers
are to us, and how wide their efforts affect every part of our lives?
Is homesteading worth it?
Agriculture - Bigger Than you Think
Agriculture is a word many people use, but do they really know what
agriculture means? Do they know what agriculture involves? Do they know
how important it is to our country and how it impacts each of our
The work of cultivating soil, producing
crops, and raising livestock is the definition of agriculture
("Agriculture"). The goods produced and the means by which they are
created vary greatly. Agriculture has been an essential part of
American life since the foundation of our country. However, many people
do not realize that many aspects of human life depend on the numerous
types of agriculture.
When the word agriculture is first
heard, some people think of corn and cattle; however, this is not all
agriculture is limited to in today's society. Farming is the most
common form of agriculture. There are many types of farms specializing
in various areas. The most common type of farm is the cultivation farm.
On these farms much of the United States' main sources of food are
Livestock farming is the second most
common farm type. Animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, turkeys,
chickens and ducks are raised on livestock farms. Horticulture farms
producing flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables, aquaculture farms
specializing in aquatic species production and apiculture farms
specializing in bees and honey are other types of farms common in the
Agricultural products are used by each
of us everyday. When our alarm clocks ring in the morning, they are
most likely made of plastic derived from corn or soybeans. We then go
to our closets and pick out our cotton clothing to wear. Next is
breakfast. We grab the carton of milk and the box of eggs, which come
from dairy and poultry farms. Soon we hurry out the door to a vehicle
powered by ethanol. At lunch, we open our lunch bags and pull out a
bologna sandwich with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Also in our bag is
an apple. At home we make dinner, honey glazed ham with beans, and
sugar cookies for dessert. Everything we eat is an agricultural
product. As the day ends, we crawl under our wool blankets and go to
sleep not thinking that the many things we did today involved
26,783 United States citizens were
employed through agriculture in 2006 (United States Department of
Labor). Some of these jobs include farm labor, management, retail,
veterinarians, engineers, scientists, researchers, and bio-technicians.
These jobs keep agriculture a successful and booming business and have
a significant impact on our country's economy.
Agriculture affects many aspects of
everyone's life and also offers many career opportunities. In the
future, agriculture will be more important as our country grows.
Agriculture certainly is bigger than you think.
About the Author: Katlin Wiest is a 14 year-old from
Pennsylvania, USA who won $1000 from the Agriculture Council of
America-sponsored 2008 Ag Day essay contest entitled, " Agriculture—Bigger Than You Think ."
She lives on a beef farm where her father raises beef cattle,
grows corn, beans, wheat and hay. And aside from being a budding writer
and aspiring large-animal veterinarian, "I have what my parents call 'a
small enterprise,'" says Katlin. "For 4-H I raise sheep, goats and
dairy steer to show." Source: The
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