Agriculture is for everyone
The Johnson County Junior Livestock Show is coming to an end this week. I would like to congratulate all participants who put so much time and effort into their animals and projects. It takes a lot of patience, money and resilience to get an animal ready for for show, or to build a woodworking project from scratch.
I have a serious amount of respect for anyone in the agricultural industry. Most people cannot even fathom the workload these people go through day-in and day-out. It means saddling your horse at 4:30 a.m. in 20 degree temperatures to go check hundreds of yearlings and doctoring the sick ones, putting heat lamps in your chicken houses at 11 p.m. so their combs don’t get frostbite, and trying to get your tractor out of two-foot deep mud because it hasn’t stopped raining for a week straight. The ag lifestyle is not for the faint of heart, folks.
We didn’t have 4H or FFA at my high school and I feel like it was a serious lack in my education and the education of the other students. If I were agricultural commissioner, I would make 4H or FFA a year-long mandatory class.
Most kids don’t know where their groceries come from, or how the rain cycle works. I’ll be totally honest, I didn’t know a whole lot about agriculture until I attended Weatherford College for the Equine Science program.
There, we were required to take zoology, agronomics, equine reproduction, conformation and more.
While I didn’t get a job in that career field, I am still eternally grateful for my time at WC because it not only taught me more about horses and how to be a better horsewoman, it taught me a lot about agriculture, how things grow and where our food comes from. My hope is that the students who participated in the junior livestock show go on to pursue jobs and further schooling in agricultural sciences.
The world is only growing larger and we need these students to build farms and feed a burgeoning population. We need advocates for agriculture and it starts with the youth.
Bethann “Coldheart” Coldiron is the editor of the Burleson Star.